CONDITIONS OF SALE
BAUME & MERCIER E-BOUTIQUE & CLIENT RELATIONS CENTER
Last updated: January 2023
We may make changes from time to time to these Conditions of Sale so please check back regularly to keep informed of updates. The latest version of these Conditions of Sale will always be available on the Platforms. Any new version of these Conditions of Sale shall take effect immediately upon the date of posting and will govern any orders of products or services made as from that date. Any changes to the Conditions of Sale made after you have placed an order will not affect that order and your relationship with us, except as may be required by applicable law.
1. About Baume & Mercier and these Conditions of Sale
These Conditions of Sale apply to any sales of Baume & Mercier products or services that you may order from our Selling Entity (as defined below), using the website and any associated mobile or digital applications that refer to these Conditions of Sale (together, the “Platforms”) or by telephone via our client relations center (the “Client Relations Center”).
The selling entity, that will sell the products to you, will depend on the delivery address to which you will ship the products (the “Selling Entity”, “Baume et Mercier”, "we", "us" and "our"):
For purchases with delivery to addresses in the United Kingdom: Richemont UK Limited, has its registered offices at 15 Hill Street, London W1J 5QT, UK. Our VAT number is GB 238 5603 54.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in France: Société Cartier has its registered offices at 13, rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, France. Our VAT number is TVA CEE FR 36 775 658 859.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in Germany: Richemont Northern Europe GmbH has its registered offices at Landsberger Str. 302-306, 80687 Munich, Germany. Our VAT number is DE 129 311 406.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in Switzerland: Richemont Suisse S.A. has its registered offices at 9, route des Biches, 1752 Villars-sur-Glâne, Switzerland. Our VAT number is CHE-102.738.465.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in Italy: Richemont Italia S.p.A. has its registered offices at Via Benigno Crespi 26, 20159, Milan, Italy. Our VAT number is IT01649000153For purchases with delivery to addresses in Austria: Richemont Northern Europe GmbH – Austria Branch has its registered offices at Kohlmarkt 1, 1010, Vienna, Austria. Our VAT number is ATU44737308.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in Austria: Richemont Northern Europe GmbH – Austria Branch has its registered offices at Kohlmarkt 1, 1010, Vienna, Austria. Our VAT number is ATU44737308.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in all other countries we ship to in accordance with our Shipping Policy: RLG Europe BV, Amsterdam (NL), Swiss Branch, Villars-sur-Glâne, has its registered offices at 9 Route des Biches, CH-1752 Villars-sur-Glâne 2, Switzerland. Our VAT number is CHE-114.784.839.
Please read these Conditions of Sale carefully. These Conditions of Sale are applicable to any order placed through the Platforms or Client Relations Center (together the “Sales Channels”). Please note that before placing an order for products or services, you will be asked to agree to these Conditions of Sale. If you do not agree to these Conditions of Sale, then you will not be able to order any products or services through the Sales Channels. Sales concluded through physical points of sale (such as our retail boutiques) or third parties (such as authorized retailers) are not subject to these Conditions of Sale.
2. Purchasing eligibility
Only individuals (and not legal entities) who (a) have reached the age of legal majority required to enter into contracts (eighteen in most countries); (b) have legal capacity to enter into contracts; and (c) use a shipping address in the country or countries that we ship to as specified by the Sales Channels, may order products through the Sales Channels. If you are under the age of legal majority or otherwise cannot lawfully enter into a contract, you must have your parent or guardian place an order on your behalf and they will be asked to agree to these Conditions of Sale.
By placing an order through the Sales Channels, you represent and warrant that you are a bona fide end-user customer purchasing for your own or another’s personal use and will not deliver, sell or otherwise distribute our products or purchase our products or services for commercial purposes.
3. Product availability & quantity
All orders placed through the Sales Channels are subject to availability and acceptance of such orders by us. Products shown on the Platforms, which cannot be added to the shopping bag, are not available for sale via the Platforms. The Client Relations Centre can provide more information as regards these products. For information about the order process, please refer to our Order Process section below.
Quantity limits may apply in relation to orders for certain products. We reserve the right to refuse at any moment in time, without prior notice, orders exceeding a certain number of authorized products.
4. Account registration & guest checkout
To place an order, you may either register and create an online account, or place an order as a guest without creating an online account by selecting the "Guest Checkout" option. Where you place an order as a guest, we may still create an account on our internal systems to record your purchase(s).
5. Personalised services
Personalization services (for example engraving) or other services may be available on a selection of products. If you wish to have your product personalized, please provide the details in the Sales Channels as requested.
We reserve the right to withhold or refuse acceptance of any order for personalized products, or with a message card, that contains language that is objectionable, unlawful or contrary to our policies. You are responsible for ensuring that any wording you provide for personalizing products is correct.
In addition, orders for personalized products cannot be cancelled and such products that have been personalized in any way or otherwise made to your bespoke specifications cannot be returned to us for exchange or refund as described in these Conditions of Sale. This does not affect your consumer rights (please see the Manufacturer’s guarantee and your legal consumer rights section for further information).
6. Order Process
The order process of the Platforms will include the following:
- Add to Shopping Bag: Once you have chosen a product, you may place this product in your shopping bag. You may then decide to continue shopping for other products and add them to your shopping bag (subject to availability and quantity limits). Placing an item in your shopping bag does not guarantee availability for purchase, which is not confirmed until you receive a written Confirmation of Order & Shipment.
- Guest/My Account Checkout: When you are ready, you then proceed to “Checkout”, either as a guest or through your registered account. You may also remove one or several products you have selected from the shopping bag as part of the checkout process.
- Delivery, Review and Payment: As part of the checkout process, you add and review your order details and personal information (including e-mail, shipping address, billing address and payment information). You should carefully check and confirm all details on the order summary page before placing your order.
- Placing of Order: You then check the relevant box and place your order.
In the case of an order being placed through the Client Relations Center, the Baume & Mercier ambassador will walk you through the steps above and verbally ask you to confirm the details of your order.
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse, cancel and terminate orders at any time on reasonable grounds. For example, we may refuse, terminate or cancel your order if there is an ongoing dispute concerning payment of a prior order or if we suspect, in our sole discretion, that you have engaged in (i) fraudulent activities; or (ii) have otherwise violated these Conditions of Sale.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in the United Kingdom: Where we offer a finance option on our Platforms, you can choose to pay for your product(s) and/or service(s) by selecting the finance option during the checkout process. If you select this method of payment you will need to ensure that your billing address and delivery address are identical (for anti-fraud purposes). Please see the Payment section below for further details in relation to the terms and conditions that apply to our finance option.
7. Prices, taxes and shipping costs
All prices shown on the product pages of the Platforms or quoted by the Client Relations Center include sales taxes/VAT but exclude shipping costs and other taxes unless otherwise stated.
The applicable currency will be updated based on the shipping destination after you provide us with the delivery address and will be shown in your shopping bag before you place your order. You should check updated prices and currency carefully.
Sales, use or other taxes will vary based on the location to which products are being shipped.
Shipping costs, if any, are described in the Shipping Policy below or on the Sales Channels. Shipping costs are not stated on the product pages but will be added to the product price after you have chosen your delivery options. These costs will be summarised before you are asked to confirm and place your order and will also be reflected in our email correspondence with you once you have chosen your delivery options.
We may offer a VAT refund mechanism if you decide to have the products delivered in certain countries of the European Union and, no longer than thirty (30) days afterwards, export them outside the European Union upon certain conditions. Such mechanism will not be available to European Economic Area customers. For details, please refer to our FAQs section or contact our Client Relations Center.
We may offer a VAT refund mechanism if you decide to have the products delivered in Switzerland and, no longer than thirty (30) days afterwards, export them outside Switzerland upon certain conditions. For details, please refer to our FAQs section or contact our Client Relations Center.
We reserve the right to modify prices and delivery costs at any time without prior notice.
We take reasonable care that the prices of products and delivery costs are correct at the time when the relevant information was entered into the system or communicated to you via the Client Relations Center. However, it is always possible that, despite our reasonable efforts, some of the products offered through our Sales Channels or delivery costs may be incorrectly priced. If any of the products you place an order for or any delivery costs are incorrectly priced, we will contact you as soon as possible to inform you of this error. If we are unable to contact you using the contact details you have provided during the order process, we will cancel the order and notify you in writing. If we mistakenly accept and process your order where a pricing or delivery cost error occurs, we may cancel supply of the product and refund you any sums you have paid.
Please note that changes to applicable law between the date your order is placed and the date you are sent a written Confirmation of Order & Shipment may result in changes to the taxes associated with your order. If the resulting change is an increase in the taxes that you are charged, we will contact you and ask that you reconfirm your order.
We accept the methods of payment identified as part of the order process via the Sales Channels. Depending upon the means of payment, we may require additional information, including specific forms of identification.
When ordering on the Platforms, you will need to enter your payment details on the appropriate form. In the case of an order placed by telephone, you will need to communicate to the Client Relations Center your complete payment details. All payment card holders are subject to validation check and authorization by the card issuer. If the issuer of your payment card refuses to authorize payment to us, you will need to contact your card issuer directly to solve this problem.
Other payment methods may also be subject to validation checks and authorization by the payment system providers as well. You expressly authorize us to perform security checks, where we deem necessary, to transmit or to obtain information (including any updated information) about you to or from third parties from time to time, including but not limited to your payment card details, to authenticate your identity, to validate your payment card, to obtain an initial payment card authorization and to authorize individual purchase transactions.
The full amount of your purchase will typically be blocked on your payment card until your order is shipped, at which point you will be sent a Confirmation of Order & Shipment and your payment card will be charged the applicable purchase price.
Where you use a credit card/debit card or any other instant or early capture payment solution offered on the Platforms as a payment method, the full amount of your purchase may be taken immediately following the placement of your order. Once your order is shipped, you will be sent a confirmation of order and shipment. If we cannot meet our shipping and/or delivery obligations set out below, we will notify you via e-mail and we will refund the pre-payment without undue delay. For credit card/debit card, the full amount of your purchase may also be blocked on your payment card until your order is shipped, at which point you will be sent a confirmation of order and shipment and your payment card will be charged the applicable purchase price.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in the United Kingdom: Where you choose to pay for the selected product(s) and/or services(s) using our finance option, the payment and finance option will be subject to these Conditions of Sale and the applicable terms and conditions of our finance option provider, Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance (“V12 Retail Finance”). Baume & Mercier acts as a credit broker offering credit products exclusively from V12 Retail Finance. Baume & Mercier is a UK trading name of Richemont UK Limited. Richemont UK Limited is an appointed representative of Watchfinder.co.uk Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. You will have the opportunity to acknowledge and agree to V12 Retail Finance terms and conditions before confirming the finance option as your method of payment and credit is provided subject to age and status. We and/or V12 Retail Finance can refuse finance applications at our sole discretion. If we and/or V12 Retail Finance decline your application, you can either pay for the selected product(s) and/or services(s) using another payment option or cancel your order. Following your successful application for financing, V12 Retail Finance will pay us (including any down payment) for the selected product(s) and/or services(s) and you shall be responsible for payments made to V12 Retail Finance under their terms and conditions. Products and/or services will be not be reserved until you are notified under the Confirmation of Order & Shipment section below.
We may accept bank wire transfer for orders at our sole discretion. We do not charge a fee for bank wire transfers for orders made through the Sales Channels or Client Relations Center, however, some financial institutions may charge a fee for using a bank wire transfer. We require that all bank wire transfer orders placed by telephone be confirmed through an order approval process. We may acknowledge a bank wire transfer order, but the order will not be processed until the payment has been received and confirmed by us by e-mail. If your wire transfer payment is not credited into our bank account within seven (7) days after you have placed your order, your order will be cancelled.
9. Acknowledgement of Order
Once you have made your choice and your order has been placed through the Sales Channels, you will receive a written Acknowledgement of Order (by e-mail or otherwise confirming the details of your order together with an order reference number). Please make sure that you save this order reference number for any future enquiries regarding your order. This Acknowledgement of Order is not an acceptance of your order. To confirm the order, we will conduct its usual credit, anti-fraud, security and related legal checks and, if acceptable, will then process your order. Upon receipt of the Acknowledgement of Order, it is your responsibility to review it and confirm that it accurately reflects your intended order. If you have any questions or concerns or if the Acknowledgement of Order does not reflect your intentions, you should contact the Client Relations Center promptly.
These Conditions of Sale will be provided to you when we acknowledge your order.
10. Shipping Policy
We only accept orders for delivery to the country or countries that are identified during the Order Process. Please note that we do not ship to certain addresses, such as military, certain restricted areas, pick-up points, or PO boxes. For further information, please refer to our FAQs section or contact the Client Relations Center. If you order several products, we will ship the order only once all products are available (there will be no partial shipments and unless otherwise communicated to you).
11. Confirmation of Order & Shipment
Upon shipment of your order, we will send you a Confirmation of Order & Shipment in writing (by e-mail or otherwise). This Confirmation of Order & Shipment constitutes our acceptance of your order and indicates the existence of a binding sales contract.
We will use reasonable efforts to ensure delivery by the carrier within the estimated delivery lead time from the date of our written Confirmation of Order & Shipment and in any event within thirty (30) days after that date, except if your purchase relates to a product or service that we have explained to you will take additional time to deliver, for example in the case of products or services that we personalize or produce to your specifications.
When ordering through the Sales Channels, you may be able to choose a specific delivery date as available on the Sales Channels. Any such specific delivery date remains subject to our confirmation.
If delivery of products is delayed by an event outside our control, we will inform you as soon as possible and will use reasonable efforts to minimise the effect of the delay. If we do not deliver within thirty (30) days from the date of the written Confirmation of Order & Shipment or any other time limit as indicated by us, you may contact the Client Relations Center to cancel the relevant order and get a refund of any sums you pre-paid us for any products which you have not received.
In any event, your sole remedy for any failure by us to deliver the order to you shall be your right to cancel the relevant order and receive a refund of sums you pre-paid us for any products which you have not received.
When estimating your delivery time, please allow time for credit approval, address verification, security checks and order processing. Please note that delivery is always subject to receiving your full payment.
We will require a handwritten or electronic signature by you, or a person at the nominated delivery address (unless arranged by you otherwise), to confirm the delivery of each product, at which point risk and responsibility for your purchased goods passes to you. If you have specified a recipient who is not you for delivery purposes (for example, as a gift), then you understand and accept that evidence of a signature by such recipient (or a person at the delivery address) is evidence of delivery and fulfilment of the sales contract by Baume et Mercier and transfer of responsibility to the recipient in the same way as if the product had been delivered to you. We reserve the right to deliver products only to the person who is the intended recipient of the order as stated on the label of the parcel and to request ID check for verification purposes at the time of delivery for certain categories of products. Please refer to our FAQs section or call our Client Relations Center for more information.
When ordering products via the Sales Channels, you will receive an invoice that will be sent to you in writing (to your e-mail address as a PDF attachment or otherwise).
14. Returns and Exchanges
Please click here for details of our Returns and Exchanges Policy, which are part of these Conditions of Sale.
15. Manufacturer’s guarantee and your legal consumer rights
This section is not applicable for purchases with delivery to addresses in France: We are committed to ensuring that each product strictly complies with our quality criteria and that it has passed all our controls, both technical and aesthetic. Selected products are covered by the applicable Baume & Mercier Guarantee. If you wish to repair a product covered by the applicable Baume & Mercier Guarantee, please refer to the applicable Baume & Mercier Guarantee, and call our Client Relations Center for more information. In your capacity as consumer, you may have legal rights under the applicable law of governing the sale of consumer goods; those legal rights are not affected by these Conditions of Sale or the applicable Baume & Mercier Guarantee.
For purchase with delivery to addresses in France: Please see the equivalent section in the French Conditions of Sale.
16. Complimentary Services
The following complimentary services will be proposed, free of charge, by the Sales Channels:
(a) Gift Wrap and Packaging
All orders will be shipped with the Baume & Mercier box gift wrapped in Baume & Mercier special packaging, together with a Baume & Mercier shopping bag (where applicable).
Engraving may be available on specific products and offered through web sales and sales transactions completed through the Client Relations Center.
Orders for personalised Baume & Mercier products cannot be cancelled and personalised Baume & Mercier products cannot be returned to Baume & Mercier for exchange or refund.
(c) Strap Exchange / Adjustment
A Baume & Mercier watch strap is delivered in a standard size. The strap size can be delivered smaller or larger, upon request, by calling the Client Relations Center. Baume & Mercier watch bracelet adjustment is also available on certain watch models. If you request a watch bracelet adjustment, the removed links will be returned to you and included in the delivery package.
(d) Gift Note
You may personalize your order by adding a personalised note that will be printed by Baume & Mercier on a gift card to be included in your order package. Baume & Mercier reserves the right to reject gift card notes it deems offensive or inappropriate to be sent on Baume & Mercier logo stationery.
For any repair inquiries relating to a product ordered through the Sales Channels, please refer to our FAQs section or contact our Client Relations Centre.
18. Product descriptions
This section is not applicable for purchases with delivery to addresses in France: We try to ensure that the information, including product descriptions, dimensions, and colours, provided on the Platforms, in advertisements or catalogues or as provided by the Client Relations Center is accurate and complete. However, we make no guarantees, whether express or implied, in relation to the accuracy, reliability and completeness of such information.
In particular, any description and information concerning the weight of precious materials and the number of stones and carats are provided as an indication only and may vary slightly. For jewellery, this information uses the metric size 52 for rings and the metric size 17 for bracelets.
19. Limitation of liability
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim and exclude all other terms, conditions and warranties in relation to the products and Sales Channels whether express or implied by statute or otherwise or arising from any previous course of dealing or usage or trade practice.
Nothing in these Conditions of Sale limits or excludes our liability for any liability, which cannot be limited or excluded by applicable law. Subject to the preceding sentence, our aggregate liability to you under these Conditions of Sale for any order whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages shall in no event exceed the one hundred percent (100%) of the price of the product(s) in your order.
Please note that in some jurisdictions, consumer protection laws may not allow certain exclusions or limitation of warranties or liabilities, and consequently some of the above exclusions and limitations may not apply.
20. General provisions
If any provision, or part of a provision, of these Conditions of Sale is found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall be deemed not to form part of these Conditions of Sale, and the legality, validity or enforceability of the remainder of the provisions of these Conditions of Sale shall not be affected, unless otherwise required by operation of applicable law.
These Conditions of Sale (and associated terms incorporated by reference) constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to the order of products or services, and replace and extinguish all prior agreements, draft agreements, arrangements, undertakings, or collateral contracts of any nature made by the parties, whether oral or written, in relation to such subject matter.
We are not responsible for any failure or delay in performing or complying with our obligations under these Conditions of Sale which arises from any cause beyond our reasonable control.
The waiver by us of a breach of any provision of these Conditions of Sale will not operate to be interpreted as a waiver of any other or subsequent breach.
This contract is between us and you. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms. However, if you purchase a product as a gift, the recipient of your gift will have the benefit of the applicable Baume & Mercier Guarantee.
21. Applicable law and jurisdiction
These Conditions of Sale shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the country in which the applicable Selling Entity has its registered office, without reference to conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in relation to the Conditions of Sale, including the validity, invalidity, breach or termination of the Conditions of Sale, shall be adjudicated or arbitrated in accordance with the Conditions of Sale. Where the applicable laws are different to the mandatory consumer laws in your own country, we will afford you with similar protection.
You may bring proceedings against either in the courts of the country in which the applicable Selling Entity has its registered office or in the country where you are domiciled. We may also bring proceedings against you in the courts of the country where you are domiciled.
Without any restriction to bring proceedings before a court, you and Baume et Mercier will first make reasonable efforts for a period of thirty (30) days to resolve amicably any dispute or failure to agree that may arise out of or relate to the product, the Conditions of Sale or any breach thereof.
If you are a consumer resident in the European Union, you have the right to submit your complaint to an Alternative Dispute Resolution entity. To find a list of ADR entities in your country, you may refer to the European Commission Online Dispute Resolution platform at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in France: In accordance with Article L. 612-1 of the French Consumer Code, you can use the service of the Association of European Mediators to which we report free of charge, either via the Internet: https://www.mediationconso-ame.com, by completing the form dedicated for this purpose accompanied by the documents supporting your request, either by post: AME Conso, 11 place Dauphine - 75001 PARIS.
For purchases with delivery to addresses in Belgium: You can also use the dispute resolution service provided through the Consumer Ombudsman Service (North Gate II, Boulevard du Roi Albert II 8 Bus 1 1000 Brussels, tel : 02 702 52 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.consumentenombudsdienst.be/nl).
22. Contact us
If you have any questions or comments about these Conditions of Sale, or matters generally, please contact us at the address provided below.
Baume & Mercier Client Relations Centre
RLG Europe BV (Swiss Branch), PO Box 2967, NL-1000 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Benelux: +31 207 168 351
France/Monaco: +33 1 76 77 55 20
Germany/Austria +49 89 203 03 021
Italy: +39 023 6000 031
Spain/Portugal: +34 91 414 86 25
Switzerland: +41 22 580 2948
UK/Ireland +44 203 364 5538