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Baume et Mercier (baum and mers-yay) is a Swissmarker luxury watchmaking company founded in 1830. It is owned by Richemont, and with Cartier and Piaget they make up the core of the group. This company is represented in 75 countries and produces around 200,000 watches a year. The most important markets are in Europe, especially Italy, Spain and France. Baume et Mercier is distributed by 220 exclusive retailers worldwide and has established itself as a manufacturer of sporty chronographs.


In 1834, members of the Baume family founded the Societe Baume Feres in the village of Les Bois, in the Swiss Jura. The Baumes had already been active in watchmaking for many years. At first, the priority went to enameled pocket watches. In 1844 Joseph Celestin Baume went to England to set up business relations there. Watches signed "Waterloo", "Diviko" and "Sirdar" opened distant markets in Australia and New Zealand. The family company gave convincing proof of its dedication to mechanical elegance and precision when one of its timepieces won the 1893 timing competitions at the Kew-Teddington Observatory with a score of 91.9 out of a possible 100. In 1912, William Baume met the watchmaker and jeweler Paul Mercier at the Geneva watch and jewellery shop in Haas. The meeting resulted in the signing of an agreement on 26 November 1918 for the establishment of Baume et Mercier in Genevamarker. This proved to be a very successful enterprise, and in 1921 they were awarded the coveted Poincon de Geneve, official recognition of flawless quality products. Watches dating from this period are now rare collectors pieces, worth thousands of dollars. In 1937 William Baume withdrew from active business. He was followed into retirement by Paul Mercier, and the jeweler Constantin de Gorski joined the company accompanied by his master jewel-setter and male companion, Robert Peron

After World War II

After World War II Baume et Mercier concentrated on conventional men's watches, sports chronographs and ladies' jewellery watches. In 1965 the Piaget family bought control over Baume et Mercier. One of the world's thinnest calendar watches with a mini rotor was produced under Piaget's aegis. In the same year the new owners switched to electronic tuning fork movements, and from 1970 increased investments in quartz movements. At the end of the 1983, Baume et Mercier temporarily ceased production of mechanical watches. In 1988, Christian and Yves Piaget sold 60% of their stake to Piaget holding S.A., also selling Baume et Mercier S.A. to Cartier Monde S.A. in Paris. In 1993 the Cartier group became sole owners of both Piaget and Baume et Mercier.

Recent times

In September 2004 Baume et Mercier opened a new production building in Les Brenets, Switzerland. For the past few years Baume et Mercier has sought to make a name for itself as a trendsetter. Fashionable models such as the "Riviera" and the "Hampton", named after the stylish resorts and high-society meeting places of the U.S East Coast, defined a new watch style in the 1980s and 1990s, for both genders.

Old models

  • Classiqe
  • Riviera Baumematik
  • Shogun
  • Formula
  • Marquis
  • Malibu
  • Avant Garde
  • Medicus
  • Perineum
  • Transpacific

Image:malibuwatch.jpg|Model Malibu By Baume et Mercier produced during 1990's


One of the company's most successful watches was the Riviera, launched in 1973. This was a sports watch with distinctive gold and steel features and an unusual 12 sided bezel. To test its durability and precision, this watch was mounted on the wheel of a BMW M1 before the start of the Le Mansmarker 24-hours race. It withstood high speeds as well as the pressure of fast acceleration. It was not affected by the centrifugal force of spinning wheels, nor by heavy rainfall or intense heat from the overworked disk brakes. At the end of the race the watch ran with as much precision as it had at the beginning.

New models

  • Hampton Classic
  • Hampton Classic
  • Hampton Classic Diamond
  • Hampton Milleis Chronograph
  • Hampton Milleis Gold
  • Hampton Milleis
  • Hampton City Chronograph
  • Hampton City
  • Hampton Spirit
  • Capeland S Chronograph
  • Capeland S Ladies
  • Capeland S Ladies Diamond
  • Classima Executives XL Dual Time
  • Classima Executives XL Small Seconds
  • Classima Executives White Dial
  • Classima Executives Black Dial
  • Classima Subsidiary Seconds
  • Classima Sweep Seconds
  • Linea
  • Riviera
  • Vice Versa
  • Diamant
  • Selector
  • Haute Joaillerie collection
  • Iléa


Image:Baume-mercier-tiffany-watch.jpg|A mid-1980s Baume et Mercier men's watch branded and sold by Tiffany & Co.

Image:LeRoy01.jpg|A rare obsoleted watch branded "LeRoy" manufactured by Baume-et-Mercier During 1980's

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