A national leader in auctions and valuations since 1955, we hold four specialist Fine Jewellery & Watch auctions each year, featuring wristwatches from sought-after names such as Baume & Mercier, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Patek Philippe and countless other reputed watchmakers, as well as a fantastic array of pocket watches dating from the 17th Century onwards. We help our clients achieve the best prices for their items by combining our expert market knowledge and experience with a specialist online auction programme and international marketing.
Baume & Mercier was founded in 1830 by brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume in a village called Les Bois in the Swiss Jura. With the company motto to “accept only perfection,” the company established a great reputation as their business grew. They opened their first store in London under the name “Baume Brothers” in 1851.
It was in 1918 that William Baume partnered with Paul Mercier to create ‘Baume & Mercier’. The firm became renowned for their ‘shaped cases’ that helped to differentiate their brand from other watchmakers of the time. They also became advocates of women’s emancipation and created many specific designs for ladies, proving that watches for women were not simply scaled down versions of gentlemen’s watches.
Pieces by Baume & Mercier continue to sell well at auction, with some of the most popular designs retaining their prices incredibly well on the second hand market.
Hampton, the classic Baume & Mercier watch, with a stylish Deco inspired rectangular case, is an elegant everyday watch that continues to sell well at auction. The Clifton and Clifton Baumatic feature a classic round dial, with the latter timepiece featuring the first in-house movement from the company.
Our department is headed by Liz Bailey who is FGA and DGA qualified, with many years experience in the industry. We offer a free valuation service as well as a free collection service for items consigned to these auctions.
Contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey to find out more.
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