New Look to Classics: Baume & Mercier’s  Hampton and Classima Collections

New Look to Classics: Baume & Mercier’s Hampton and Classima Collections

Hampton Novelties

The Baume & Mercier Hampton collection takes its design roots from the forward-looking 1920s, the era of ultra-slim pocket watches for men and jewelry watches for women that are worn as rings or necklaces. Paying homage to the Art Deco movement with an interplay of classicism and modernity, rectangular and rounded lines, the new Hampton collection comprises six novelties, with a selection of dial colors, strap options and a dual time.

The Hampton Large ref. M0A10666 is a stately, dressy piece, in a large case to accommodate a self-winding movement with grande date and dual time complication. Framed by a polished steel case, the opaline and grained slate dial provides a handsome contrast to the rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and indexes. The lines of the faceted indexes, railroad minute track and placement of the dial elements emphasize the sleek, athletic symmetry of the watch. Without crowding the dial, a second time zone is displayed at six o’clock with day/night indicator. Turning the watch over, the sapphire crystal display back reveals a decorated self-winding movement with 42 hours of power reserve.

The Hampton novelties also include a pair of medium-cased watches that hark back to the elegance of the 1950s, featuring tight-weave Milanese mesh bracelets that were popular in that era. Actually, Milanese mesh straps date back to the 17th century, requiring skill in weaving long strands of steel into bracelets that combine beauty with suppleness, comfort and strength. These qualities are typified in these references, in a choice of dial colors and option of mechanical or quartz movements.

Ref. M0A10672 with self-winding movement features a clean opaline and grained silver dial without date, with applied black ruthenium Arabic numerals and indexes. A sapphire crystal caseback reveals the decorated movement, with a power reserve of 38 hours. The quartz version (ref. M0A10671) features a gradated blue dial, and rhodium-plated riveted numbers and indexes; a solid caseback provides space for original engraving to personalize the piece. All the new Hampton watches offer simple tool-free strap interchangeability.

Classima Novelties

The Classima collection represents the design principles of Baume & Mercier distilled into a round-cased watch. Simple, casual and elegant, the Classima is also Baume & Mercier’s proposition for consumers acquiring their first Swiss timepiece. Four new references are offered for 2022, in a variety of colorways and strap options.

Designed for the outdoors, ref. M0A10695 and M0A10696 are three-hand models with date, dressed in sandy earth tones and verdant olive, respectively. In a polished 42mm stainless steel case, each reference features a self-winding movement with 38 hours of power reserve, with canvas straps.

More urbane in character are ref. M0A10694 and ref. M0A10691 with burgundy dials. The former is in a 42mm polished stainless steel case, with the automatic movement offering 38 hours of power reserve. Framing the burgundy dial in sunray finish, the blue flange that bears the minute track is complemented by a matching blue canvas strap.

Intended for ladies, ref. M0A10691 features a 34mm polished steel case with steel bracelet. The tool-free interchangeability system allows this to be swapped out for the canvas strap without fuss. Instead of a solid back in ref. M0A10694, this ladies’ reference offers a sapphire crystal caseback that the self-winding movement.

Tech Specs

Hampton Large ref. M0A10666

Movement: Self-winding movement; power reserve of 42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, grande date, second time zone with day/night indicator
Case: Polished steel case; sapphire crystal caseback
Strap: Black alligator leather strap


Hampton Medium ref. M0A10672

Movement: Self-winding movement; power reserve of 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case: Polished steel case; sapphire crystal caseback
Strap: Milanese mesh bracelet


Hampton Medium ref. M0A10671

Movement: Quartz
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case: Polished steel case
Strap: Milanese mesh bracelet


Classima ref. M0A10695

Movement: Self-winding movement; power reserve of 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 42mm; steel
Strap: Beige canvas strap


Classima ref. M0A10696

Movement: Self-winding movement, power reserve of 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 42mm; steel
Strap: Olive canvas strap


Classima ref. M0A10694

Movement: Self-winding movement, power reserve of 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 42mm; steel
Strap: Blue canvas strap


Classima ref. M0A10691

Movement: Self-winding movement; power reserve of 42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 34mm; steel; sapphire crystal caseback
Strap: Interchangeable steel bracelet

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