While Baume & Mercier continues its modern quest for an image and direction, they are still at least producing good quality relatively affordable Swiss watches. The Capeland collection is in the ,000 range, which while not actually cheap, is still a number that the brand's target demographic is more than comfortable with. More details on the Capeland here @ Baume & Mercier.
This is the latest MB&F watch to be produced in cooperation with another watchmaker. Past pieces included this HM2.2 Black Box watch done with French Alain Silberstein. For the HM3 MoonMachine, MB&F selected to work with Finnish Stepan Sarpaneva; his eponymous brand is Sarpaneva. The HM3 MoonMachine is a real hybrid between the design of both MB&F and Sarpaneva.
For the Korona K0, Stepan Sarpaneva incorporated an internal rotating diver's bezel in a very clever way. Basically he just reworked the date disc into a dive ring. Changing the gears and mainplate a bit, you now have an internal rotating diver's bezel versus the date. It is of course controlled via the crown. This was a very simple way of adding the functionality without having to go wild with engineering costs. You'll notice how the Sarpaneva logo is incorporated into the timing ring. The watch is attached to a rubber strap.
The most obvious element of the Type A-7 is the 50 degree offset dial which is more often seen on vintage watches or perhaps the vintage-inspired Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 watches. The Type a-7 is meant to be worn on the inside of a pilot's wrist so that the watch will align with the orientation of an aircraft's instrumentation. This offset design meant that pilots would not need to cock their head to the side or remove their hands from the controls to directly view the time or the chronograph measure. While certainly not a feature that proved to have long-term popularity in everyday watches, it certainly makes the Type A-7 stand out in the crowd. Longines has priced the Type A-7 at 00 USD, which is not considerably more than the 50 asking price for the L27764213 shown above.