From the Classima Executives series, the Baume & Mercier 8689 Skeleton Display Watch is an elegant design created to work effortlessly with a business or casual wardrobe. Baume & Mercier has a long tradition of building fine timepieces that combine utility with classic lines; this watch adds a few extra touches of creativity, such as the skeleton aperture and the textured dial, without being flashy or whimsical.
Key features of the Baume & Mercier 8699 are its Swiss automatic movement, a sweeping second hand, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a deployment clasp with an additional buckle on the black leather band. The watch is powered by movement; if not worn regularly, it should be kept on a winder to avoid losing time. The Skeleton Display Watch is water-resistant to a depth of 30 meters (99 feet). Case and bezel are made of stainless steel, and the case is a graceful but substantial 9.5 millimeters thick. The hour markers are made of silver-tone metal. The four quarter markers use Roman numerals (except for 12, which is represented by the Baume & Mercier logo), while the other hours are simple lines. Five-minute intervals are marked with Arabic numerals.
Customer reviews on this watch are overwhelmingly positive. Most wearers are pleased with the natural way it feels, the compliments it generates, and the sparkling, clear crystal. The general consensus is that this is an excellent watch, comparable to other brands with a much higher price tag. The only complaint was that the power reserve only lasted a few days, but this can easily be remedied by keeping the watch on a winder.
The Baume & Mercier 8689 Classima Watch is timeless and elegant without being staid or boring. It is designed to accompany a man through his day and evening seamlessly, marking him as someone who is stylish without being styled.