Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier is one of the oldest ongoing watch manufacturers of the world. As early as in 1830 the business was found by the Baume brothers Pierre-Joseph-Celestin and Luis Victor in Les Bois, Switzerland. But it was not until merchandiser Paul Mercier and watch manufacturer William Baume got to know each other that the actual brand of Baume & Mercier, nowadays being based in Geneva, was finally found in 1918. The current selection contains the collections Clifton, Capeland, and Classima for the gents, Linea for the ladies as well as Hampton including both, models for him as well as for her. Baume & Mercier basically owe their success to their distinctively classy elegance, being effectively enhanced by elaborated designs and numerous complications.

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History of Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier is one of the oldest ongoing watch manufacturers of the world. By 1830 the business was found by the Baume brothers Pierre-Joseph-Celestin and Luis Victor in Les Bois, Switzerland. Until the final “Frère Baume” manufacture was eventually opened, as far back as in 1542 ancestors of the brothers originating from France had settled in Les Bois and worked in watch manufacturing for generations. Seventeen years after the company’s start up Pierre-Joseph-Celestin Baume was to expand the brand abroad and by setting up the initial one in London numerous foreign bases in the British colonies back then were about to follow.

In the course of their acquaintance beginning back in the days of 1912 merchandiser Paul Mercier and watch manufacturer William Baume were to found the brand of Baume & Mercier, based in Geneva. Within the next 20 years the company, previously having primarily produced pocket and wristwatches of complex complications for gentlemen only, for the first time ever successfully launched several ladies’ collections, connecting delicate design and technical know-how. 

In 1940 Baume & Mercier launched the first shape watch that was in subsequent years successfully followed by classical men’s’ models, among which were to be found several of highly complex movements. Also the ladies’ choice would not for long be unattended: by the Seventies the lady’s watch had turned into a treat of jewelry. Since 1993 the company belongs to the Richemont group.

 

Watches and movements by Baume & Mercier

Today the gentlemen’s collection by Baume & Mercier consists of the models Clifton, Capeland, Classima and Hampton, each of them including different versions. The models of Linea and Hampton provide for the ladies’ part, currently piling up to more than 20 versions of the Linea model only. Although actually originating from Geneva, the company’s watch studios are based in Les Brenets, located in the region of Jura, which has been into watch and movement manufacturing for centuries. All of the movements by Baume & Mercier are invariably and directly derived from Swiss production. Such as the Dubois Dépraz 9000 as incorporated in the Clifton Moonphase that in particular includes date, day, month and moon phase as additional complications.

 

Baume & Mercier in the world of watches

To this day the success of Baume & Mercier is still due to distinctively detailed design and numerous complications incorporated into their watches and chronographs. The Swiss company’s constituency could be classified as fanciers of classy elegance overly obsessed with all kinds of technical treats and trifles. Especially known for their shape watch Hampton and by the Clifton model, the watch manufacturer by now has been well established in the world of luxury watches.

 

Special about Baume & Mercier

As a watch manufacture of such long tradition, the company has of course been through quite a quantity of effectual events: As early as in 1892 for instance, Baume & Mercier could claim first place at a competition of the so called Kew Observatory, which is close to London, by a pocket watch chronometer whose precision was not to be beaten by any other watch for more than ten years. 

 

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