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The History

While officially registered in 1830 (making Baume & Mercier the seventh-oldest name in Swiss watchmaking) the “Seigneurs de Baume” of the Jura mountains date back to the Middle Ages, when Messrs Paul and Jean Baume gave local farmers part-time jobs making movements, before becoming a specialist producer of extra-flat watches and elite complications. Today Baume & Mercier flourishes as a watchmaker of copper-bottomed Swiss quality, whose fresh aesthetic suits a young, well-heeled crowd.

INNOVATIONS

The Baumatic

One of the biggest launches of 2018 – for watchmaking as a whole, let alone Baume & Mercier – was the Baumatic, driven by the brand’s first in-house movement in decades. Not just highly affordable, the internal mechanics are genuinely ground-breaking, using etched silicon components to guarantee 1,500-gauss antimagnetism.

The Shaped Movements

Baume & Mercier pioneered some of the first-ever “shaped” movements during the 1920s, powering its new rectangular-cased watches not with the usual circular calibres but bespoke mechanics that perfectly fitted the Art Deco designs. This heritage lives on in the current Hampton collection, whose casual elegance stems more from the titular East Coast beach-house lifestyle these days than the jazz clubs back in the city.

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