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Baume & Mercier's story begins in 1830 with the founding of a family business. Brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume opened a comptoir horloger (watch dealership) in Les Bois, a village in the Swiss Jura. Their company developed rapidly and earned an excellent reputation by creating exceptional models incorporating cutting-edge innovations. Loyal to its motto, 'Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality', the Frères Baume company enjoyed rapid growth. Louis-Victor was a true visionary who had already intuitively sensed women's interest in watchmaking and gifted his daughter Mélina a gold pocket-watch in 1869.

Selected retailers:
Cielo 1914 (Italy) www.cielo.it
Menichini Gioiellieri (Italy) www.gioielleriamenichini.it
Galeries Lafayette (France) www.haussmann.galerieslafayette.com
Bucherer Capucines (France) www.bucherer.com
Bucherer Interlaken (Switzerland) www.bucherer.com
Bucherer Lucerne (Switzerland) www.bucherer.com
Tourneau (USA) www.tourneau.com
Shreve & Co. (USA) www.shreve.com



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