Friday, November 15, 2013
Baume et Mercier, renowned for its complicated watches, is determined to leave positive marks throughout its history. The brand was founded in the 1830’s at Switzerland by founding brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, who set out their precise definition of what their company’s craftsmanship should be. “Accept only perfection; only manufacture watches of the highest quality,” a motto Baume et Mercier still upholds today with unwavering loyalty. The brand has truly made its marks, garnering various awards and recognition including the famous token of exceptional craftsmanship and quality "Poinçon de Genève" or Geneva Hallmark in 1919. Baume et Mercier has also owned a large number of patents, including the Planetary Motor which is designed for extra flat automatic watches. Today, the company’s watch workshop in Les Brenets in the Swiss Jura Mountains, continues its 180-year tradition of accepting only perfection and manufacturing watches of the highest quality.
Find Baume et Mercier collections at authorized dealer Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, October 04, 2013
In today's day and age, when most men have forgotten how to be a gentleman or have given up trying to be one, a true gentleman stands out. And being a gentleman doesn't have to mean being weak or being a pushover – it doesn't even mean you have to move slowly with women. A gentleman is someone who has respect for others, and consequently helps those who need their help. He is someone who has a kind heart, not just all about expensive clothing and a good education. A gentleman understands that his appearance, behavior, and way of communicating provide others with valuable insight into his character. He knows that he did not acquire his true strength at the gym. Rather, he demonstrates true strength through his strong character and integrity. And just like a true gentleman, Baume & Mercier is committed to offering watch lovers models that defy the passage of the years, and the Clifton collection extends the mastery of traditional watchmaking that it has steadily developed since its foundation in 1830. And within the Clifton collection, the 1830 is probably the true gentleman’s watch. Powered by a stunning La Joux Perret hand-wound movement housed in an 18k red gold case, the watch oozes elegance.
Come see it at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Baume & Mercier gives a nod to classic watchmaking with its classic Capeland collection, composed of heritage wrist watches modeled from the late 1940’s. The 180-year old Swiss brand strikes a retro look with historic aesthetics on the watches’ components such as pomme hands and scaled tachymeter scale, mid-century style Arabic numerals and bold colors. A clear glass display back reveals the base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7753 automatic movement and its which has been modified by Lajoux-Perret. The dial, which comes in a long list of color options ranging from black and white to anthracite or silver, display a variety of functions – flyback chronograph, tachymeter, telemeter and date. The satin-polished case and leather bracelet reinforces the classic look of the collection. The crown is also more prominent, emblematic of the time when crowns were intentionally large for easy winding.
Check out Capeland at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Baume & Mercier.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Success needs perfect timing – and that is exactly what Baume & Mercier has. At its modern project management center Les Brenets in the Swiss Jura, the leading watch maker manufactures each piece using the traditional établissage production method. The high quality performance of every watch starts with Baume & Mercier’s discrete selection of component suppliers, picking out only the most recognized and time-tested sources. Then starts the 9-stage process of producing the watch – a long and tedious progression from the design team, who study, create and develop tomorrow’s innovative yet classic designs, to the production team who use state-of-the-art technology to assemble the components, clean out every speck of particles and perform multiple checks to ensure reliable and high-rated instruments. With the team of specialists’ impeccable attention to every bit of detail, Baume & Mercier literally has the perfect timing. No wonder the brand has been enjoying immense success in the industry since 1830.
To check out Baume & Mercier timepieces, head out to Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Classics may be defined in many terms, but the whole concept simply boils down to enduring elegance. That is the absolutely embodied by Baume & Mercier’s Classima collection. The Swiss luxury watchmaking company has been designing and manufacturing first-class timepieces and complications since its establishment in 1830. It saw the many evolutionary stages of watch design and technology in nearly two centuries now. While it rides the changes of time, Baume and Mercier captures the most enduring and unfading watch designs and untiringly adds them to the Classima collection. The Classima 10077 is a classic timepiece from its dials to its leather straps. The 33mm round case is made of rose gold, a favorite material for watches since the mid 1900’s. The smooth mother of pearl dial conceals an automatic movement and displays a simple yet elegant set of Roman numeral hour indicators. To complete the look, the mechanism is held up by the undying alligator black leather strap.
For watches that could not get more classic than they already are, check out the Classima collection at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for Baume and Mercier timepieces.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Life is about moments. The mission of the Swiss watchmaking house Baume & Mercier, headed by current Chief Executive Officer Alain Zimmermann, is to remind every man and woman to cherish life’s precious moments and to celebrate with them the joys of milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, reunions and - even at times, bittersweet lessons. These are the kind of memories that warm hearts everywhere in the world. As a natural companion to these moments, Baume and Mercier watches are built with Swiss precision, functionality and elegance that make them excellent tokens of life’s breakthrough’s and triumphs. The Baume collections are designed to fit different lifestyle environments of modern watch wearers. There is one to perfectly suit a young man celebrating his first job and one that will become an excellent birthday gift to the hardworking, fashionable super mom. Whatever great moment there is, it will always be worth creating with Baume and Mercier wrist watches.
The collections are available at Shreve & Co. at Portland Oregon – trusted dealer for Baume and Mercier.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Baume & Mercier is one of the great names in watchmaking, earned from its long fruitful years in operation. Established in 1830, it has produced several prestigious and undeniably outstanding collections. Linea, Capeland, Classima, Hampton and Clifton are the collections available today. Linea collection is designed for ladies, featuring elegant watches with interchangeable bracelets. These are perfect timepieces for ladies needing snappy fashion upgrades. The Capeland collection features a flyback chronograph perfectly fit for men’s preference. Also, Classima collection adds to men’s gallery of treasured gizmos. It is a collection of men’s traditional watches characterized by “simplicity, efficiency and readability”. Farther down the list is Hampton, a collection for both men and women. The watches under this collection tote square or rectangular cases that make them comfortable to wear and pleasant to the eyes. For the old-time fanatic, Clifton collection is a set of vintage watches designed with contemporary twist. You can find these watches of great value at Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco – authorized dealer of Baume & Mercier.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Baume & Mercier is a known name for excellent and affordable chronograph watches fit for every lifestyle. The sport-chic watches of Baume & Mercier’s Copeland collection suggests the lightness of seaside living that breeds relaxed lifestyle and strength of character. Its 44mm round steel case, polished to a satin finish, houses a neat array of flyback chronograph, tachymeter, telemeter and date. The chronograph is protected by a "chevée" shaped sapphire crystal coated with antiglare treatment – a valuable feature when checking the time on a sandy beach under rich streams of sunshine. The water-resistant Copeland watch is held in place by simple leather straps that lend an air of laidback confidence. It is for the man who is unafraid of uncertainties and boldly charts his own course.The Copeland collection and other state-of-the-art watches by Baume & Mercier are available at Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Baume & Mercier has established itself to be the leading brand in producing sporty chronographs. It is part of the Richemont group along with Cartier and Piaget. Baume & Mercier became one of the most sought out brands as it maintains a close relationship with the customers; and also being the producer of iconic luxury watches of aesthetic elegance, charm and excellence. In 1964, Baume & Mercier took on the PHI symbol for its brand identity. This represented the golden proportion from antiquity. It is through this visual cue that Baume & Mercier became known to be the affordable luxury brand. They keep on to this positioning and philosophy by creating innovative and avant-garde pieces. The years 1972 and 1973 proved fruitful for Baume & Mercier as lady watches Galaxie and Mimosa models won the Golden Rose in 1972 and the Stardust model showcasing an onyx dial surrounded by 138 diamonds garnered the supreme Golden Rose merit the next year. And since the purchase by Richemont and the new found autonomy, Baume & Mercer continues its mission under Alain Zimmerman. “The mission I am determined to pursue with conviction and pride is about making Baume & Mercier the natural companion of life’s milestone moments such as a birthday or anniversary, a first job or a reunion – the kind that warms our hearts in any culture and on every continent.” stated Alain Zimmermann the CEO of Baume & Mercier. And so, they completely do. For Baume & Mercier luxury for life’s milestones, please visit Shreve & Co.—authorized dealer for Baume & Mercier.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
“Accept only perfection.” These are said to be the words of brothers Louis-Victor and Joseph-Celestin Baume, founder of the luxury Baume & Mercier timepieces, when they envisioned their signature brand. A Swiss luxury brand that traces its roots back in 1830, Baume & Mercier, indeed, reflects its founders’ original intent: a masterpiece of manufacture and art. Word of its quality complications and elegant design quickly spread across markets in the nineteenth century, following the British Empire’s trade winds. The Baume family opened new markets and won admirers in as far away markets as India, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. The brand was built on the technological advances and watchmaking craftsmanship of its era, evolving through the ages as a trademark for simple and elegant timepieces, as well as for its line of high-quality chronographs and Grand Complication models. Some of its international recognitions include: ten Grand Prix awards and seven gold medals in world fairs, such as in Chicago (1893), Melbourne (1890 and 1895), Zurich and Amsterdam (1883), and Paris (1878 and 1889). Today Baume & Mercier’s chronographs stand for elegant reliability, which are sold around the world with quality- and style-conscious Italy, Spain and France as its most robust markets.
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Baume & Mercier.
Image: Baume & Mercier Classima Executives XL Chronograph and Complete Calendar