We recently took a new pair of Clarks boots and a vintage Baume & Mercier chronograph and photographed them together for the first feature in our new series of “lifestyle” shoots that we will run every month from now on. Clarks is a shoe manufacturer headquartered in England and known for making very comfortable footwear. Baume & Mercier is a Swiss watchmaker owned by the Richemont luxury group.
The Clarks Newby Jump boots were introduced Fall 2013, and they come in a few different variations. We picked the dark reddish-brown “Men’s Clarks Newby Jump Boot on Clarks official website” leather pair. The jagged edges of the sole give the Newby Jump boots their distinctive look. And the EVA midsole, along with a rubber sole, give them the excellent comfort you expect from a pair of Clarks.
The watch we picked for this shoot is a 1950s Baume and Mercier dress chronograph. It comes in a 38 mm diameter stainless steel case, which for the 1950s is unusually large — giving it a more modern feel. The case is fully polished and measures 13 mm thick at the apex of the acrylic box-type crystal. The dial is salmon colored and has been refinished.
Hours are marked by applied gold/bronze colored Arabic numerals. The Feuille style hour and minute hands are polished. The subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock counts 30-minute increments, and the subdial at 9 o’clock displays small seconds — both dial feature a snailed finish. A red central hand counts chronograph seconds (down to 1/5th of a second) using the outer 60 second/minute scale. The center of the dial has a cool vintage tachymeter scale printed in red.
One of the most notable features is the unique chronograph configuration. Instead of the typical start and stop functions both being activated by the (2 o’clock) pusher, only the “start” is operated by the top pusher, and the “stop” and “reset” are controlled by the bottom pusher (at 4 o’clock). The movement is a manually wound Landeron 187 caliber. This 2Hz Swiss movement has 17-jewels and an approximate power reserve of 38-hours.
What I like best about this Clarks/Baume & Mercier combination, is that the brown/red alligator strap matches nicely with the dark red/brown leather on the boots. Does your watch strap need to match your footwear? I don’t think so, but I guess it doesn’t hurt.