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Baume & Mercier Watches

Founded in 1830, Baume & Mercier produce an amazing array of high quality watches, including the Capeland, Classima, Diamant, Hampton,Linea, Riviera and the William Baume. Known best for their fantastic range of sports watches, the variety of Baume & Mercier timepieces encompasses all styles, as seen in the Capeland, Classima, Diamant, Hampton,Linea, Riviera and the William Baume. Each watch is exclusive to the small number of customers that can be delighted with these watches, and the Capeland, Classima, Diamant, Hampton,Linea, Riviera and the William Baume are fine examples.

Baume and Mercier are a Swiss company that were founded in 1839 by members of the Baume family. Baume and Mercier are currently owned by the Richemont group and together with Cartier and Piaget they make up the core of the group. Richemont present Baume and Mercier timepieces across 75 countries and Baume and Mercier themselves produce almost 200,000 watches in a year. The companies main markets are based in Europe, particuarly around Italy, Spain and France. Only 220 exclusive retailers across the globe are licensed to sell Baume and Mercier watches. The company traces it's history back to 1834 when the family founded a society in the village of Les Bois, in the Swiss Jura. The family had already made a name for themselves as fine watchmakers in the past few decades, and their first priority was to produce enameled pocket watches. In 1844 Joseph Celestin (the head of the family) went to England in an effort to create some buisness relationships in the area. Baume and Mercier (or simply the family as they were back then) went on to take the 1893 timing competitions trophy at the Kew-Teddington Observatory with a massive score of 91.9 out of a possible 100, mostly scored due to their dedication to mechanisms and precision. In 1912 William met the reknowned watchmaker and jeweler Paul Mercier at the Geneva watch and jewelery shop in Haas. From this meeting Baume and Mercier was formed and in 1918 the company began officially trading. Watches dating from this period are now rare collectors pieces worth thousands of dollars. In 1937 William Baume withdrew from active buisness and was followed into retirement by Paul Mercier.

After World War II when watch making components were once again in good supply Baume and Mercier decided to concentrate on conventional men's watches, sports chronographs and ladies' jewellery watches. In 1965 Piaget outbid all competition and took control over Baume and Mercier, and as a result of this synthesis one of the world's thinnest calendar watches with a mini rotor was developed. This change of control also forced a switch from mechanical to electronic tuning fork movements, and then in 1970 Baume and Mercier shifted again to use quartz movements. By 1983 the company had all but stopped producing mechanical watches, and by 1993 the Cartier group became owners of both Piaget and Baume and Mercier. Just after the opening turn of the 21st Century Baume and Mercier opened up a brand new production building in Les Brenets in Switzerland. Since then the company has had the manufacturing might to carve a name for itself as a real trendsetter as far as watches for both genders are concerned.