Baume & Mercier’s historical perspective at TimeCrafters 2012

American aficionados meet the world’s leading watchmaking brands

Following the success of TimeCrafters’ first edition last year, this world-class luxury watch fair, the first luxury watchmaking fair to take place in the United States, takes place once again in New York. The show gives watch admirers and collectors a unique opportunity to share their passion with the world’s top watchmakers in a selective environment.

Visitors can discover exceptional watches created by brands that epitomize luxury, craftsmanship and passion, such as A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Blancpain, Breguet, Bvlgari, Chopard, Julien Coudray 1518, De Bethune, Dior Timepieces, Frédérique Constant, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, Hublot, Omega, Oris, Parmigiani Fleurier, Ralph Lauren, Richard Mille, TAG Heuer, or Zenith.

TimeCrafters exhibition is open to the public September 14-15, at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. At this year’s show, Baume & Mercier dips into its archives dating back to 1830 to pay homage to styles of the past that have inspired today’s collections.

Among the pieces making their US debut are a stunning silver pocket watch with key-wound mechanical movement from 1915; a creative art nouveau style women’s platinum watch set with diamonds, circa 1925 and a 1940 square watch crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with a leather strap. This beautiful timepiece served as the inspiration piece for the now iconic Hampton Collection.

Other men’s highlights include a 1960 watch that was the inspiration piece for the brand’s highly regarded Capeland Collection. Also dating to 1960 is a pink gold watch with leather strap and hand-wound chronograph mechanical movement that is similar in style.

In the women’s category, the brand exhibit will include two stunning women’s watches from 1950: A cylindrically shaped Marquise watch with a hand-wound mechanical movement crafted in 18-karat yellow gold, set with diamonds; and a petite, steel square watch with a hand-wound mechanical movement and white leather strap.
Lastly, on display will be a 1998 piece – the first Linea watch, created in gold-plate with a gold bracelet and housing a quartz movement. This watch was the inspiration for the newest Linea Collection that is taking the market by storm.

This Baume & Mercier Capeland features a 44 mm polished and satin-finished 18k red gold case, La Joux -Perret 8147-2 automatic flyback chronograph movement, sapphire crystal case back, decorated oscillating weight, Ashen domed dial with Arabic numerals and « Breguet » shaped gilt hands, and dark brown alligator strap with 18k red gold pin buckle. This watch is water resistant to 50 meters. This watch is inspired by a 1948 single-push back chronograph vintage model from the Maisons Archives.