Baume & Mercier tells the story of the forward-thinking Baume family, whose adventure began in 1830 in the Swiss Jura. They were passionate about creating intricate and high-quality watches, and their trailblazing attitude took them abroad where they left a lasting impact on the watchmaking industry. The history of Baume & Mercier is a story of pairs. After establishing themselves in the Swiss Jura, the second generation of Baume brothers settled in London to continue the business. Expanding from Geneva to London, India to Australia, the Baume name began building an international reputation as watchmaking innovators. In 1918, two modern founders, William Baume and Paul Mercier, joined forces to achieve the perfect balance between technical precision and contemporary aesthetics. This partnership established Baume & Mercier's commitment to excellence, quality, beauty, and innovative design, which remains strong today.
WILLIAM BAUME, THE EXCELLENCE MOTTO
William Baume, a pragmatic man with a down-to-earth attitude and a deep commitment to watchmaking heritage, quality and innovation. He inherited the Baume family legacy and founded Baume & Mercier in Geneva with Paul Mercier in 1918. William's technical skills earned the company the prestigious Geneva Seal in 1919, the pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking. Under his leadership, Baume & Mercier evolved from its traditional roots into a modern watchmaking company. William Baume's philosophy was to create timepieces that would endure for generations, with a commitment to quality, reliability and excellence. Today, we continue William's philosophy. From our Les Brenets Manufacture in the Swiss Jura, our dedicated teams bring the utmost care to every step of the creation process, ensuring that luxury quality is accessible to all. Every day, wearing a Baume & Mercier is a celebration of the joy that comes from quality and craftsmanship.
THE BAUMATIC CALIBER
Inspired by the principles of the Maison established by William Baume, the Baumatic calibre is a story of passion and the pursuit of excellence, and has become the pinnacle of our approach to watchmaking excellence. With a 5-day power reserve, resistance to daily magnetic fields, impeccable chronometric precision and lifelong durability, the Baumatic calibre represents our legacy of innovation and quality. In this world of watchmaking possibilities, you can choose your ideal companion from our Baumatic collection. From the elegantly simple to the exquisitely complex, it offers automatic and COSC-certified versions, captivating day-date moon phases and the prestigious perpetual calendar, all of which encapsulate the very essence of Baume & Mercier watchmaking. But that's not all; it's also about our commitment to your satisfaction. That's why we're extending our warranty to 8 years, giving you 95 months of peace of mind and 2922 days to enjoy the exceptional quality and enduring performance of our all-road Baumatic movement.
PAUL MERCIER, THE DESIGN VISION
Paul Mercier, a man with a unique sense of beauty and a pioneering vision of modern watchmaking. Born Paul Tchereditchenko, who took his mother's name when he became a naturalised Swiss citizen, he grew up in Russia and France and began his career in Paris and London. Around 1910 he moved to Geneva, where he met William Baume in 1912. This meeting led to their partnership and the creation of Baume & Mercier in 1918. Paul Mercier's background in jewellery and his artistic circles brought a strong emphasis on styling and design to the company. For Paul, lightness and distinctiveness were as important as expertise and quality. Three distinctive and iconic designs were born from Paul's passion for design and his desire to challenge the traditional round shape with new watch shapes - rectangular, oval, cushion and more. Today, we follow the same passion for shapes, love of form and dedication to creativity, paying tribute to Paul's legacy. Marquise, Catwalk, Shogun, Stardust, Tronosonic, Classima, Hampton, Clifton, Riviera and many more. These names stand for timepieces that have left an indelible mark on the history of watchmaking and are the legacy of Paul Mercie's vision to create timepieces with exceptional shapes, not just round. They are synonymous with design distinctiveness and the highest quality, and embody the essence of Baume & Mercier's unique style.
THE ART OF SHAPES
Following the creative vision initiated by Paul and William in 1920, the Maison is day-to-day expressing its passion for shapes. A hallmark of Baume & Mercier. Today, we proudly translate this commitent to design in all our collections. From dodecagon to rectangle to round, the Maison is one of the rare Maisons to have this expertise in shaped timepieces. The dodecagon, celebrated in our timeless Riviera collection since 1973, evokes the essence of sport-chic design and embodies carefree elegance for everyday life. Our round shape is the pinnacle of traditionnal watchmaking where elegance meets the highest quality. With its gradient dials cater to all tastes and vintage lines, the unique Clifton Baumatic express our vision of timeless round design and watchmaking heritage. Iconic form of rectangular style, the Hampton is by essence the ultimate shape timepeice. With its art deco influence and pure lines, it has graced the wrists of ladies since 1996 and promises to continue its legacy for years to come.
THE RIVIERA SPIRIT
For more than five decades, the Riviera collection, created in 1973, has been our emblem, deeply inspired by the refinement and captivating landscapes of the French Riviera. The unique luminosity and tranquil ambience of the Riviera have been the driving force behind the revival of our Riviera collection. More than a territory, it's a lifestyle and a philosophy of life. Riviera timepieces embody our unwavering commitment to creating timepieces that transcend time itself, embodying the elegance, refinement and exceptional way of life that is inherent in the spirit of the Riviera. With each Riviera we create, we invite you to immerse yourself in an ocean of refinement, where the essence of the sea meets the art of watchmaking. You don't need a passport to see the Riviera.
THE RIVIERA ORIGINS
Created in 1973, the Riviera collection is a genuine design by Jean-Claude Gueit, an unexpected yet popular dodecagonal shape that expresses the innovative spirit of Baume & Mercier. With its 12 sides, this distinctive case attracts attention and exudes a captivating visual appeal. It's a design that has spanned generations through five different versions, evolving with the times while remaining watchmaking and beloved. The Riviera collection was designed by Jean-Claude Gueit, a contemporary of Gérald Genta. Jean-Claude Gueit created a different, unique, new type of watch. He called himself a "watch stylist" rather than a designer. This statement makes sense. The Riviera is his creation. Like a clear, bright line, the intricate design of its bezel connects each hour segment to the others, creating an almost natural visual sense of perfection. For over 50 years, the Riviera collection has paid homage to the charm and sophistication of the French Riviera, embodying elegance and style through iconic design and exquisite craftsmanship. Each timepiece reflects the timeless beauty and adventurous spirit of this enchanting coastal region.
RIVIERA, A STORY OF ELEGANCE
The Riviera collection is all about embracing style, elegance, and self-confidence. Inspired by the carefree lifestyle of the French Riviera, this is the timepiece of casual elegance, symbolizing an easygoing view of refined watchmaking. It was first developed in 1973 and has adapted to every era, year after year, while staying true to its special style.From everyday wear to special occasions, these timepieces are designed to accompany you. In 2023, Baume & Mercier introduces a 39mm Riviera Baumatic, offering the iconic design and watchmaking excellence with a blue, black and sandblasted titanium timepieces. Additionally, our new 33mm Riviera for women blends silver and gold tones, inspired by the unique light of the French Riviera, or boasts a striking purple or blue dial for those who want to stand out in any situation.
RIVIERA, A STORY OF ACTION
Launched in 1973, the Riviera collection is all about timeless appeal. It embodies sport-chic design, carefree living and everyday confidence. It moves effortlessly from casual to chic, making it the perfect companion for your adventures. To celebrate this legacy, in 2023 we introduce the new Riviera Azur, a direct descendant of the 1981 Riviera Diver. This 42mm masterpiece features a Baumatic Manufacture movement, a stunning stainless steel unidirectional bezel with a blue anodised aluminium ring and specially shaped hands. The integrated blue rubber strap completes this ocean-ready ensemble. But the Riviera isn't just a watch; it can also be your precision chronograph partner, a testament to your determination. With three counters and a sandblasted titanium bezel, it's built to measure every second and conquer new horizons. Speed becomes your ally, and the Riviera is your statement of unwavering drive.
RIVIERA, A STORY OF HOROLOGY
In 2023, it's all about taking the iconic Riviera to new heights. We are infusing this beloved collection with more watchmaking attributes and aligning it with contemporary sportsmanship. This journey culminates in the Riviera Perpetual Calendar, the pinnacle of watchmaking. Combining the expertise of Baume & Mercier with the design essence of the Riviera, this high-class masterpiece offers a perpetual calendar with precise tracking of the time, date, day, month and phases of the moon. With the Riviera 10742, you don't just wear a watch, you wear a masterpiece of precision and craftsmanship. It's a testament to our commitment to horological mastery and the fusion of precision and artistry.
THE COLLECTIVE POWER
Our partnerships are the heartbeat of our craftsmanship, weaving our timepieces into masterpieces. More than collaborations, they are the essence of our heritage. Together with artisans and visionaries, we bring Baume & Mercier to life, one partnership at a time. Baume & Mercier is about combining creativity and craftsmanship to create exceptional timepieces. Whether it's a partnership with skateboarding champion Aurélien Giraud or a collaboration with master artists such as Pierre Soulages, these creative crossroads fuel innovation and allow us not only to create timepieces, but also to redefine the watchmaking tradition.
THE MAISON'S FUTURE
Following William and Paul's vision of watchmaking, we look to the future of horology, where imagination will shape the timepieces of tomorrow and tradition will be combined with innovation. We envision every tick of our timepieces embodying timelessness, bridging generations and setting new standards of beauty, quality and reliability. Today and tomorrow, all our timepieces tell the story of our unwavering commitment to creating the horological classics of tomorrow.
FIVE GENERATIONS OF RIVIERA
At the beginning
Time of complications
AT THE BEGINNING
Launched in 1973, the Riviera features metal bracelet with flat links and electronic tuning fork movement ESA 6192 with window date for an avant-garde-minded clientele. The Riviera signature is not yet visible on the dial. In 1975, the Riviera expanded with large, medium and small models in steel, steel/gold or solid gold featuring automatic and quartz movements.
In 1979, Riviera comes with flatter quartz movements and thus thinner case. From then on, the name of the collection “Riviera” is written on the dial. At this time, Baume & Mercier followed the trend towards smaller wristwatches. From 1981, it became a diving watch and showed the time in any zone of the world. It also added a feminine version and for the first time used gold as well as steel, with a two-tone intermediate version.
TIME OF COMPLICATIONS
In 1985, Baume & Mercier launched a third generation of the Riviera model. The bezel became smoother and less angular. With polished and brushed surfaces, the case and herringbone bracelet were also more rounded. Technically it reached a new level of sophistication and reliability with a miniaturized screw-in crown, improving water resistance. It was equipped with the new, extra-thin quartz movements and a more visible date.
A large steel model with leather strap rounded out the Riviera line. Baume & Mercier also returned to mechanics as part of the mechanical renaissance. From then on, the large models in the bicolor and steel/steel versions were again available with automatic movements.
As before, it came in four sizes and in gold in steel or in both metals. In 1987, it came out with a full calendar showing the dates, days, months and phases of the moon. For its 20th anniversary in 1993, it appeared as a chronograph.
We had to wait until 2004 to discover the fourth generation. Baume & Mercier icon dropped its evening wear and donned a sports suit with its 4-screw design.
Finally, in 2007, the Baume & Mercier Design Studio created an even more racy look with the Riviera MAGNUM, a collection that was definitely ready for action. Part of the MAGNUM Collection, Baume & Mercier is enriching its Riviera MAGNUM sports collection with two new large-scale models: an all-black chronograph with flyback function and transparent dial in a limited edition, and an athletic three-hand and date model, both in a new XXL size of 45 mm in diameter (compared to 43 mm for the previous versions).
Created in 1973, the Riviera watch returns this year to revive the spirit of a distinguished watchmaking era. Here it is in 2021, still authentic: a poised sized steel case, a dodecagonal bezel equipped with four screws, a “Swiss Made" self-winding calibre , and a built-in interchangeable steel bracelet. The original design is still there, but so is the desire to adapt to our times.