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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 169

    Baume & Mercier. A lady’s fine, rare and elegant 18K gold coral, onyx and diamond-set suite comprising a wristwatch, a neckless, a pair of earrings and a ring



    Baume & Mercier. A lady’s fine, rare and elegant 18K gold coral, onyx and diamond-set suite comprising a wristwatch, a neckless, a pair of earrings and a ring
    Signed Baume & Mercier, Genève, watch case no 38335 9 / 835527, circa 1970
    MOVEMENT: manual, Caliber BM777
    DIAL: coral dial, Dauphine hands
    CASE: 18K gold hexagonal polished case, snap on back, 22 mm. wide
    BRACELET/CLASP: 18K gold, coral, onyx and diamond-set Baume & Mercier integral bracelet with clasp, overall length of the bracelet approx. 165 mm
    ACCOMPANIED BY: a matching neckless, a pair of earing and a ring in gold, onyx, coral and diamond-set and stamped Baume & Mercier Genève, the neck length is approx. 42 cm, the ring size is 7 1/4

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    The present set epitomizes Baume & Mercier's innovative creations from the 1970s. It is very rare to find a complete matching and so well-preserved “parure”, acquired to further embellish a sophisticated lady. Made to special order for the present owner, this set is most probably unique.

    Baume & Mercier is originally a family manufacture founded in 1830 as “Les frères Baume” in Les Bois, a small village in the Swiss Jura. The firm successfully developed their business internationally by making highly precise chronographs and other complicated timepieces, gaining an excellent reputation based on the motto “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality”. At the beginning of the 1920s Paul Mercier joined the company which consequently became Baume & Mercier, Genève.

    During the “Roaring Twenties”, the brand realized the importance of women’s emancipation and came to regard their desires as an unquenchable source of inspiration. In the 1940s, building on this profound understanding of femininity, Baume & Mercier launched one of its most successful models: the Marquise. Impelled by this creative momentum, the brand launched a number of exquisitely creative and amazingly modern ladies’ watches. It thereby proved that timepieces for women are not merely miniaturized and simplistic interpretations of masculine models. Femininity was already an integral part of the firm’s values - revealing a resolutely modern attitude.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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