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The Richemont Group Introduces Baume, a New Entry-Level Brand Focused on Sustainability


Well, no one suspected this.

Earlier today, a watch brand named Baume was unveiled by the Richemont Group as a more affordable sibling to longtime entry-level stalwart Baume & Mercier.

It’s important to note that while Baume shares a first name with Baume & Mercier and the two are technically related, the companies will be separately managed and won’t share similar designs or concepts. In other words, this new brand is looking to develop its own following rather than glom onto any other Richemont brand’s customer base.

The Baume Iconic Series – 41 mm

From the looks of it, Baume intends to become a competitor in the “fashion watch” segment with a focus on personalization, sustainability, and contemporary design or what the brand describes as “encouraging individuals to participate in a design-led global conversation.”

“We use no animal-based or precious materials and unused components are recycled or re-used,” says Marie Chassot, a former Baume & Mercier executive who has been chosen to lead the Baume initiative, in a press release. “Our interchangeable watchstraps are made from natural, up-cycled or recycled fabrics such as cork, cotton, linen, Alcantara, and recycled PET. Packaging is kept to a minimum: there is no secondary packaging and only FSC-certified paper and cardboard are used.”

The Baume Custom Timepiece Series

Two different collections are currently available on the Baume website (which you can check out here). The Iconic Series, which looks to be the standalone flagship model at 41 mm, is made of recycled aluminum and features a risk-taking regulator dial layout with a large minute hand, a smaller 24-hour indicator, a small seconds subdial to the side, and a crown placed at 12 o’clock. It’s also partially skeletonized, exposing the Miyota automatic movement inside. It’s priced at $1,100.

The Baume Custom Timepiece Series

The second collection, dubbed the Custom Timepiece Series, is completely personalizable with a variety of sizes, dial layouts, and materials available. It also features the 12 o’clock crown.

Have you ever wanted to design a 35 mm moon phase wristwatch with a natural cork strap? Now’s your chance. I took the Baume configurator for a quick spin and it is honestly impressive how many options there are. As of right now, the watches in this series are all quartz and start at $560.

The Baume Custom Timepiece Series

All in all, this new Richemont initiative is another example of how the watch industry is changing. I still see more Daniel Wellington and MVMT watches during my daily Brooklyn-to-Manhattan commute than Apple watches and both of those are more disposable and prime examples of the fast fashion plague that has come to dominate the clothing industry. Richemont saw an arena it could make a move in and execute to a higher degree than the competition; I think the industry is all the better for it. And, while it is rare to see a new brand introduced within the confines of the Richemont Group rather than purchased, it’s nothing but a positive sign that there’s a market for it.

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4 Responses to “The Richemont Group Introduces Baume, a New Entry-Level Brand Focused on Sustainability”

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  1. Lorenzo Califano

    I worked for Baume and Richemont fo nearly 15 years this move is the equivalent of a Hail Mary. Richemont has always been eCommerce adverse and short on patience to develop . They’re a late comer to eCommerce watch box and true facets has a commanding lead in this space. glad I was part of Baume & Mercier but I’m glad I’m not there for its demise. So this presumes they’re exiting wholesale as they have released most of their reps

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  2. Sam Battistone

    Pleeeeease. Gimme a break. Richemont just lost some respect.

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  3. Randy Rogers

    Confused! Focus on the Brand, bring back Riviera, make that your hero, forget the homage stuff w/o synergy or achievement! Remember 88 Rue de Rhone?

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  4. John Cowan

    I inherited a solid gold Baume from my uncle in 1960. It had a manual wind movement, and was a beautiful watch. Unfortunately it had a car door slammed on it, which saved my wrist but bent the watch badly and couldn’t be fixed. I like the new Baumes, but they are quartz, which, for me, is a no no!

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