Baume ET Mercier watches have been a landmark in the fine watch industry for many years now, and are known the world over for their extraordinarily luxurious lines of automatic and quartz timepieces. Originally founded by brothers Louis Victor Baume and Pierre Joseph Celestin Baume in 1830, the Baume family business has been producing exquisite quality timepieces in-house for the better part of two centuries now. Baume et Mercier offers an increasingly diverse selection of men’s and ladies’ watches made from choicest materials ranging from durable steel to elegant gold, with features like the signature double stripe, three hands, illustrious diamonds, and windowed guilloche dials. In addition to providing one of the finest selections of luxury watches available in the world, Baume ET Mercier uses part of its profits to champion humanitarian causes worldwide. Recently, they have partnered with Meg Ryan, Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger, Gary Sinise, and Ashton Kutcher to further the advancement of several different humanitarian projects. They are also the proud sponsors of the Forbes under 30 summit, where promising young business people gather to network with and learn from each other.
Baume ET Mercier utilize a tried and true Swiss style of watchmaking to produce the elegant creations available today. As any master horologist, they are fiercely loyal to their company’s official motto, which is, “Accept only perfection; only manufacture watches of the highest quality.” One of the founders, Louis-Victor, was a true visionary and the first to use the Lépine caliber in one of his watch designs. Also renowned globally for its complication watches, Baume ET Mercier have excelled in the art of watchmaking with advanced chronographs, minute repetitions and chronometers. They have also filed a large number of patents, many of which have since fallen into the public domain for inventions such as the one named “Planetary Rotor” patented in 1965, that was designed specifically to be able to fit extra-flat automatic timepieces.
Made in Switzerland since their foundation, and now one of the oldest watchmaking houses in the country, Baume & Mercier watches have consistently been given awards at various international events. As early as 1919, the house was awarded the highly prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” or Geneva Hallmark, which is a famous token of exceptional craftsmanship and quality in watchmaking.
Some of the house’s most popular men’s watch lines over the years include the Baume & Mercier Clifton featured in Haute Time, Capeland, Classima lines, as well as the unisex Hampton line. These few lines cover an amazing amount of variety, such that the company offers a “watch finder” tool on their website to help prospective customers find the watch that best suits their tastes, lifestyle, and needs.
Baume & Mercier was one of the first firms to predict the rise in popularity of women’s watches, with one of the founding brothers gifting a gold pocket watch to his daughter as early as the 1880s! Women’s lines from this house include the Clifton, Classima, Hampton, Linea, and the more modern Promesse.