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.