The Baume family settles in the Swiss Jura. Originating from a small town Baume-les-Dames in the French Jura, the family settles in la Montagne des Bois. In 1610, Paul and Jean Baume found the parish of les Bois nearby La Chaux-de-Fonds, which has nowadays become one of the principal Swiss watchmaking localities. Thanks to a longstanding watchmaking tradition, Louis Victor and Pierre Joseph Célestin Baume establish in 1830 the "Société Baume Fréres" which they officially register in 1834. Their pledge to quality and innovation remains uncontested at the beginning of the third millenium.
In 1855 The Baume Brothers introduce the Lépine caliber in the Jura region. By their interest in state-of-the-art innovations, the Baume brothers quickly understand the merits of the new caliber, developed by Jean Antoine Lépine in 1760. Thinner, more elegant and more precise, it is still the basis of the caliber that is currently used. In the period of 1890's the Baume company distinguishes itself at chronometer competitions organized by the Kew Observatory in England. In 1887, it obtains the highest score for a split-seconds chronograph. 1893 is an unprecedented year with a 91,9 out of 100 score awarded to a Baume chronometer with a tourbillion movement. Until 1910, Baume watches continue to receive numerous awards, including 5 gold medals won at diverse universal exhibitions. Baume & Mercier trade mark is officially registered in 1920 at Geneve.
The company comes into being with the encounter of two men: William Baume, a talented watchmaker and grandson of the founder and Paul Mercier, the son of a Tsarist officer and a great art-lover. On 10 March 1921, less that one year after registering the brand, the Geneva Canton awards Mr Baume and Mr Mercier with a diploma certifying that their watchmaking house holds a record for the highest number of stamped Hallmark pieces by the Official State Bureau. Baume & Mercier creates internationally known models, such as the Marquise. The concept of being a bracelet before being a watch has inspired the brand once again in 2002 for its new collection, a watch and a bracelet dressed in gold and diamonds.
In 1972 Baume et Mercier creates the Riviera. 12 sides for the 12 hours, this dodecagonal watch is a revolution in the watchmaking esthetics criteria of its time In 1987the Linea watch was created. A genuine watchmaker's jewel, this watch, that firmly inscribes itself as a worthy asset to the brand's heritage, continues to be most sought after models. In 1994 Baume et Mercier produces the Birth of the Hampton model. I was a success for a watch that has become a myth in less than a decade. Faithful to its traditions, Baume & Mercier launches the CapeLand in 1998, which will strongly affirm among the highest quality automatic chronographs. In 2000 the Hampton family enlarges with the birth of a new gold watch featuring a more curved shape camber, the Hampton Milleis. The big-screen era. Doted with a panoramic 16/9-watchcase format, the new Hampton Spirit pays tribute to the all-pervading presence of media and television screens in 2002.
The Hampton City collection introduces an innovative design inspired directly by the latest architectural creations achieved in major cities in 2003. 2004 was the 10th Anniversary Special Hampton collection.
The Hampton line celebrates its 10th birthday with the creation of the "Special Hampton 10 years' Collection', which highlights the ties among the four Hampton families: Classic, Milleis, Spirit and City. For over 150 years, the Baume brothers watchmaking legacy has been enhanced with the introduction of a great number of models that have each identified their time. Today, Baume & Mercier remains firmly dedicated to its secular know-how to enter with the same standards into the third millennium.