Monday, August 13, 2012

BEAUTIFUL PATINATED VINTAGE BAUME & MERCIER CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH (SOLD)












BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE BAUME et MERCIER MILITARY CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH

MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS

CIRCA/TAHUN: 1950's

MODEL: MILITARY CHRONOGRAPH 2 REGISTERS

CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACRYLIC CLEAN / BERSIH TANPA CALAR
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: BAUME et MERCIER 17 JEWELS LANDERON CAL.187 MANUAL MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD (PATINATED)
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: STOP WACH CHRONOGRAPH
HANDS/JARUM: GOLD TONE
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: ARABIC
CASING : GOLD PLATED ON STAINLESS STEEL 
LUGS: 20mm
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 35mm DIAMETER WITHOUT CROWN and 42mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: S/N
CROWN: GOLD PLATED
STRAP/TALI: GENUINEBROWN LEATHER STRAP
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
DISCONTINUED MODEL, VERY VERY RARE HARD TO FIND, EXCELLENT CONDITION, ALL CHRONO WORKS AND RESET TO ZERO, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED
PERSONAL COLLECTION SOLD TO MR LEE FROM SJ 
SOLD: RM1200
THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LUXURIOUS BAUME et MERCIER WATCHES

Baume et Mercier watches have a rich and storied tradition in Swiss watchmaking and are designed and crafted according to the strictest criteria and Swiss traditions. Baume et Mercier are at the forefront of luxury watch design. It all began in 1830 in the Swiss Jura, the heart of Swiss Watchmaking History. The contrast of the rigorous and precise Baume with the artistic and free thinking Mercier fused form and function for all time with the distinct Baume & Mercier timepiece. A one of a kind for all time.

In 1834, members of the Baume family founded the Societe Baume Feres, in the village of Les Bois, in the Swiss Jura. The Baumes had already been active in watchmaking for many years. At first, the priority went to enameled pocket watches. In 1844 Joseph Celestin Baume went to England to set up business relations there. Watches signed "Waterloo", "Diviko" and "Sirdar" opened distant markets in Australia and New Zealand. The family company gave convincing proof of its dedication to mechanical elegance and precision when one of its timepieces won the 1893 timing competitions at the Kew-Teddington Observatory with a score of 91.9 out of a possible 100. I

n 1912, William Baume met the watchmaker and jeweler Paul Mercier at the Geneva watch and jewellery shop in Haas. The meeting resulted in the signing of an agreement on 26 November 1918 for the establishment of Baume et Mercier in Geneva. This proved to be a very successful enterprise, and in 1921 they were awarded the coveted Poicon de Geneve, official recognition of flawless quality products. Watches dating from this period are now rare collectors pieces, worth thousands of dollars.

In 1937 William Baume withdrew from active business. He was followed into retirement by Paul Mercier, and the jeweler Constantin de Gorski joined the company accompanied by his master jewel-setter and male companion, Robert Peron.
After World War II Baume et Mercier concentrated on conventional men's watches, sports chronographs and ladies' jewellery watches.

In 1965 the Paiget family bought control over Baume et Mercier. One of the world's thinnest calendar watches with a mini rotor was produced under Piaget's aegis. In the same year the new owners switched to electronic tuning fork movement, and from 1970 increased investments in quartz movements. At the end of the 1983, Baume et Mercier temporarily ceased production of mechanical watches.

In 1988, Christian and Yves Piaget sold 60% of their stake to Piaget holding S.A., also selling Baume et Mercier S.A. to Cartier Monde S.A. in Paris. In 1993 the Cartier group became sole owners of both Piaget and Baume et Mercier.

In September 2004 Baume et Mercier opened a new production building in Les Brenets, Switzerland. For the past few years Baume et Mercier has sought to make a name for itself as a trendsetter. Fashionable models such as the "Riviera" and the "Hampton", named after the stylish resorts and high-society meeting places of the U.S East Coast, defined a new watch style. in the 1980s and 1990s, for both genders.

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