Baume & Mercier surprised at Watches & Wonders with three new versions of its Hampton model. The timepiece was initially launched in 1994 and has a distinct rectangular shape with a design inspired by the elegance of the 1920s Art Deco period.
The first, ref. 10732, is a medium model measuring 43mm x 27.5mm. With a thickness of 9.95mm, it breathes pure elegance, which also translates to the dial. Here Baume & Mercier opted for a beautiful shade of blue in two different finishes. Combined with the railroad track around the perimeter of the dial, and the hour markers pointing toward the center, it results in an attention-drawing dial.
This model is fitted with an automatic movement, which can be admired through the exhibition caseback. Based on the ETA caliber 2671, it features refined decorations, including an oscillating weight with “Côtes de Genève.” Baume & Mercier pairs this model with a matching blue alligator strap and butterfly folding clasp.
Blue is also the color of choice for the next new Hampton, the ref. 10709. Measuring 35mm x 22.2mm, it is much smaller in size, further underscoring its elegance. This watch is also paired with a a matching blue alligator strap and butterfly folding clasp, but its real eye catcher is a diamond-set case.
Baume & Mercier uses 28 diamonds set on the brancards of the case, all brilliant-cut in VS-quality with a total carat weight of 0.35ct. Another four stones are set on the dial, two each marking the twelve and six o’clock position. This Hampton is powered by a quartz movement, offering 8 years of autonomy.
This same movement can also be found in the final new execution, the ref. 10740. This Hampton is slightly different as it showcases a more casual side of the collection, with its three-link stainless steel bracelet and opaline white dial. It brings back the essence of the Hampton in a less-is-more design that has timeless qualities. It is also the most medium-sized model of the releases, measuring 43mm x 27.5 mm, further underscoring its understatedness.
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