Baume & Mercier has returned to the Riviera for its headline launch for 2021.
The watch, famous for its 12-sided bezel, was first launched in 1973 as a sporty, steel on steel, every day timekeeper.
It has come in quartz and mechanical forms over the decades and in a range of sizes and styles.
That history has fed into the 2021 collection, which combines avant-garde ‘70s design with today’s fashion for boardroom to beach wearability.
There are 36mm, 42mm and 43mm sizes in the collection, which has options for both men and women and the choice of quartz or automatic movements.
Top of the line is the Riviera Baumatic edition, housing the in-house Baumatic movement launched by Baume & Mercier in 2018. The automatic movement, with a silicon balance spring, has five-day power reserve, a daily precision of -4 s / +6 s, and a magnetic resistance of 1500 Gauss.
The Baumatic Riviera is available with a smoky blue decorated sapphire dial on an integrated steel bracelet, or with a gray dial in combination with a black leather strap.
In the 42mm range there are automatic watches with textured dials that will make some think of mountain tops and others think it looks like a choppy ocean. They have bold applied hour markets with Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock.
Swiss made quartz or automatic movements are available in 36mm models with blue or silver dials.