The luxury Swiss manufacturer Baume & Mercier will create historical perspective at TimeCrafters, the New York-based exhibition of the world’s finest timepieces. The exhibition is open to the public September 14-15, at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.
At this year’s show, the Swiss-based watchmaker dips into its archives dating back to 1830 to pay tribute to styles of the past that have inspired today’s collections. Together with its newest watches, Baume & Mercier will also show their most emblematic vintage models.
Among the pieces making their US debut are an exceptional silver pocket watch with key-wound mechanical movement from 1915; a stunning art nouveau style women’s platinum watch set with diamonds, approximately from 1925, as well as an exquisite square timepiece made from 18-karat yellow gold. This fabulous watch from 1940 is equipped with a hand-wound mechanical movement and comes with a comfortable leather strap. Interestingly, this model served as the inspiration piece for the now iconic Hampton Collection.
Other highlights include two watches from 1950. The first one is a lovely women’s cylindrically shaped Marquise watch with hand-wound mechanical movement. This stunning timepiece is crafted from 18-karat yellow gold and set with diamonds in star shaped settings on the case and bracelet. The other model is a men’s steel watch powered with a hand-wound chronograph mechanical movement. The watch is equipped with some very useful features, such as calendar, moonphase, central hand and date, day and month apertures.
At this year’s show, visitors will have an opportunity to see other men’s highlights include a 1960 watch that was the inspiration piece for the brand’s highly regarded Capeland Collection. The most representative model of the sixties is housed in a gold plated case. It is powered by the hand-wound chronograph mechanical movement that offers perfect balance and harmony in the dial indications.
Also dating to 1960 is a pink gold watch equipped with a hand-wound chronograph mechanical movement. Both models are attached to comfortable leather straps and they are similar in style.
The last iconic model that will be shown in an historical museum-like wall nearby the Baume & Mercier’s current timepieces is the first Linea watch from 1998. This exquisite timepiece comes in a gold-plated case with a gold bracelet and it is equipped with a quartz movement.
If you want to purchase tickets for TimeCrafters 2012 exhibition, you can visit www.timecrafters.com.