Two brothers, Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, in 1830, established one of the world’s oldest watchmaking factory. Today, the business is a wealthy establishment with a legacy that is two-centuries old and inherited expertise in watchmaking. The brothers’ motto, “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality” served to enhance the growth of their business. Baume et Mercier comes 7th in the line of the earliest inaugurated watchmaking brands with strong global recognition.
Right from the start, the company has been making distinguished timepieces for both men and women. The business is now a part of the Richemont group; Baume & Mercier has accumulated a prosperous heritage of watches which is reviewed to suit contemporary styles. The watchmaker places great emphasis on its international availability with boutiques in more than 100 countries worldwide; having the widest global range of any Richemont brand.
The first watchmaking shop opened by the Baume brothers was in Les Bois, Switzerland. It manufactured rare watch designs and received a favorable customer response. The family-owned business soon became renowned for the production of quality watches which, in 1851, paved the way for the opening of a branch in London enhancing business prospects all over the British Empire.
The house had achieved worldwide fame, towards the end of the 19th century, for its chronographs and grand complication watches. The house’s creations were displayed in local and international exhibitions resulting in the acquisition of 10 Grand Prix awards and 7 gold medals. In 1869, Louis-Victor Baumier realized that women too were expressing an interest in watches and so he gifted his daughter Mélina with an elegant gold pocket watch. This was a novelty for the market and the Swiss house successfully dealt with the possibilities.
The Marquise, one of Baume & Mercier’s most successful models, was introduced in the late 1940s. Persuaded by this creative momentum, the brand manufactures several beautifully designed and astonishingly modern ladies’ watches. The brand has definitely shown that women’s watches are not just simple interpretations of masculine designs
In 1918, the Swiss house’s owner made a sound decision, in Geneva, to go into partnership with Paul Mercier to form the famed Baume and Mercier house of luxury, initiating the production of wristwatches. In 1919, the house received the highest international distinction, the quality hallmark: Poinҫon de Genève. The Paul et Mercier luxury watches depict elegance, grandeur, and originality to this day.