The contours of the Hampton collection of watches, with their soft curves and feminine shapes, are inspired by models designed by Baume & Mercier in the 1930s and ‘40s. Today, this collection has grown to include two delicate timepieces for women who know that elegance is in the details.
Very early on, Baume & Mercier, a company founded in the Swiss Jura in 1830 by the Baume brothers, was savvy to the needs of women. As evidence of this, Louis-Victor, one of the two founders, gave his daughter Mélina a gold pocket watch in 1869. This was a very original gift, as at the time only a few noble or upper merchant class women wore watches as jewelry. Indeed, the gift was a precedent to a revolution in watchmaking art: a revolution that would carry along William Baume and Paul Mercier, who in 1918 began creating refined and very original collections of ladies’ watches. Since then, Baume & Mercier has taken care to fulfill women’s desires, continually developing new models whose timeless elegance is exclusively aimed at enhancing femininity through a perfect mastery of art and design. This year, Baume & Mercier has decided to delight women by offering them two new variations in the Hampton collection. This line has been a classic for twenty years and is inspired from a model first presented in the ‘30s and ‘40s. Its design is a manifestation of the Art Deco period, expressing confidence and refinement. These two new pieces are decidedly feminine, offering sensible dimensions (34.5 mm x 22 mm) in order to fulfill the expectations of ladies for whom beauty is a state of mind that can be conveyed on any occasion.
The Hampton design for ladies is elegant and feminine, playing on the irresistible colors of 18 carat red gold and steel. The dial features golden arabic numerals and hands. The polished / satinfinished case is juxtaposed with an 18 carat red gold rewinding crown. And because nothing is too exquisite for the women who select this watch, it is mounted on a steel bracelet featuring central links capped with 18K red gold. This combination of precious materials creates a marvelous jewelry timepiece. Its delicateness is highlighted with a natural elegance, because tasteful women know how to reveal their sophistication with light touches. The flowing, timeless curves of the Hampton Lady collection and its very restrained sense of style are also accentuated in the steel model, which is worn on a wrap-around calfskin strap with ecru stitching. This subtle expression of laid-back luxury, an invitation to enjoy the passing time, is to be worn like a ribbon, curled around the wrist in a delicate embrace. To those who succumb to their charms, each of these watches, in its own way, offers the experience of harmony and sense of balance that has always been a hallmark of Baume & Mercier.
Hampton Lady 10108
This feminine watch, with the graceful vertical curves of its rectangular case and a domed sapphire crystal based on that of the historic model, is all about harmony. A juxtaposition of precious 18 carat red gold (gold weight: 6.07 gr) and steel reveals the luxury and balance of its design. This 34.5 mm by 22 mm model has a thickness of 9 mm and contains a Swiss-made movement. The dial displays the time and includes a discreet date window at the 3 o’clock position. This piece is waterresistant up to 50 m and is worn on a two-tone bracelet featuring a polished / satin-finished. It is fastened by a folding clasp with security push-pieces.
Hampton Lady 10110
The harmonious proportions of Hampton Lady highlight its distinctly seductive lines. This intensely feminine watch in polished / satinfinished steel features a silver-colored dial decorated with golden Arabic numerals. This subtle, fine model contains a Swiss-made quartz caliber that displays the time on hands and the date in a discreet window. The size of this pleasant, comfortable watch is perfectly adapted to a delicate wrist. Soft, sensual Hampton Lady curves are enhanced by the casual bracelet of this watch, a brown calfskin wrap-around strap with ecru stitching and a traditional pin buckle fastening. This little marvel is an impish reminder that time can be intensely symbiotic.