The last post was about a watch whose dial seemed (to me at least) a bit 1970s-inspired. This is about the revival of a design that actually is – the Riviera, launched in 1973, is Baume & Mercier’s Watches & Wonders 2021 headline for the brand.
For this, its fifth generation, it still features a dodecagonal bezel with four screws and streamlined steel case. As is the case when a collection is refreshed, there are a myriad of models. It is available in 43mm, 42mm and 36mm sizes in stainless steel and black PVD all with 100m water resistance, and with both automatic and quartz movements. They all have applied markers, Roman numerals, and rhodium-plated dauphine hands.
The 43mm model is the most high-end variant – it comes with the automatic Baumatic movement and a smoky blue or grey sapphire dial, with rhodium-plated hands.
The Riviera Baumatic’s movement, for those who are unfamiliar with it, has a 120 hour power reserve, and you can read about it at this link from when it was launched in 2018. This new watch comes on either an integrated steel bracelet or a black leather strap.
The other models have dials that are blue, black, or silver, and come on interchangeable straps/ bracelets.
The Riviera 42mm uses the automatic Sellita SW200 which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours.
The dials are decorated with a symbolic representation of the convergence of the mountains and water. The interchangeable straps are a steel bracelet, blue rubber, of blue strap.
There are four options in the smallest size of 36mm. Three are quartz movement, in either an azure or silver dial with a bracelet, or a black dial and rubber strap. The fourth has the automatic Sellita SW200, a silver dial, and rhodium-plated hands.
[Photo credit: Baume & Mercier]