THE GENUINE KNOW-HOW OF THE 7th OLDEST WATCHMAKING MAISON
Baume & Mercier always strives to make an imprint on its times. The founders, brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, loyal to their motto “Accept only perfection; only manufacture watches of the highest quality,” set out a very precise definition of the watches to be produced by this firm, established in 1830 and now one of the oldest in Switzerland.
A visionary, Louis-Victor was the first to use the Lépine caliber in the Jura. He already intuitively sensed the potential of women’s interest in watchmaking by gifting his daughter Mélina a gold pocket-watch in 1869. This decisive choice, particularly reinforced by innovative designs during the period 1920-1940, undoubtedly gives particular strength to the ladies’ watchmaking collections today.
Also known for its complication watches, Baume & Mercier has excelled in the art of watchmaking with its chronographs, minute repetitions, and chronometers. Baume & Mercier also filed a large number of patents that have since fallen into the public domain for inventions such as the one named “Planetary Rotor” in 1965, designed to fit extra-flat automatic timepieces.
Made in Switzerland since their foundation, Baume & Mercier watches have constantly won awards at the various International Exhibitions or competitions launched by chronometric observatories. In 1919, the firm was awarded the famous “Poinçon de Genève” or Geneva Hallmark, a token of exceptional craftsmanship and quality.
Today, the firm continues to strive to offer its customers watches worthy of celebrating a watchmaking tradition that goes back over 180 years, by upholding the values of fine workmanship which always satisfies our customers’ expectations.
QUALITY BY BAUME & MERCIER
At Baume & Mercier, the art of watchmaking is a continual process. Proud of its past, the firm is honored to develop contemporary collections offering flawless manufacturing quality.
Proud of the Swiss Made label, the firm designs and develops its timepieces in its in-house Design Studio at the Baume & Mercier head office near Geneva and assembles all its watches in its Watch Workshops at Les Brenets in the heart of the Swiss Jura.
Before they are launched in production, prototypes are meticulously tested to guarantee the perfect resistance of future timepieces. Tests are dynamic and chemical.
Time measuring instruments are subjected to extreme conditions (heat, saline mist, UV exposure, violent and repetitive impacts, vibration, etc.). Failing one of these tests means total exclusion.
During production, the assembled watch cases (sealing and finishing) and automatic or quartz calibers (precision and power reserve) are all individually checked to make sure that each timepiece strictly meets Baume & Mercier specifications. Each watch made by the Watch Workshop in Les Brenets undergoes a series of visual and aesthetic checks throughout the manufacturing process.
And to guarantee irreproachable and constant quality, each finished timepiece undergoes a final and meticulous check before being sent to one of our approved retailers. Baume & Mercier, therefore, continues to accept only perfection, and only manufacture watches of the highest quality.