Balm and Mercier Hamptons

The more sporty version of Balm and Mercier watches: “Ref. 10110” with calfskin strap.

The Hamptons, Summer Reserve of the East Coastal Money, stand for a casual lifestyle paired with classic conservatism. According to this place the collection of Balm and Mercier is named. Two small new additions extend the Hamptons line of Swiss watchmaking.

The two Hamptons models from Balm & Mercier look delicate and elegant. But the clocks have it all: within the case works a reliable Swiss quartz caliber. Both watches have the collection-typical, striking rectangular housing made of robust, scratch-resistant stainless steel. The date is displayed at three o’clock. The feminine time knives, like the ladies of the East Coast High-Society themselves, have a retired effect. Both bear the name “Hampton Lady”, the “Ref. 10108 “from the” Ref. 10110 “, however. The latter has a brown bracelet of calfskin, which is wrapped twice around the wrist. This makes the watch more sporty than the Hampton Lady made of stainless steel. This is again provided with details of red gold. Crown and every other member of the timepiece are each coated with the noble metal.

The Hamptons Lifestyle as a Timepiece

The two mini watches extend the Hamptons collection of the Geneva watch manufactory. With a length of just 34.5 millimeters and a width of 22 millimeters, the housing of the two collection new additions is relatively small. Balm and Mercier sets the Hamptons watches first and foremost on soberness. Only rarely does a model look playful. Femininity still exudes the collection, similar to the classic style of the New York ladies. Inspired by the watches of the 1930s and 1940s, Balm and Mercier launched the first Hamptons model almost twenty years ago. The rectangular shape of the case was particularly popular in the 1940s, but was then considered a long time as a rarity in the Haute Horlogerie. However, with the Hamptons collection, the rectangular housing experienced a renaissance in the 1990s. The idea behind the models: to combine the lifestyle of the summer domicile of the New York upper class in a timepiece.

The Woman at the Heart of the Collection

Although there are also Hamptons models for men, however, above all the women’s world is to be addressed by the collection. The woman plays an important role in the history of the manufactory. One of the two founders of the Swiss brand of his daughter Meline produced a pocket watch in 1869. For the time a special feature, watches were only worn singly by better ladies as a piece of jewelry. After 1918, Balm and Mercier made more feminine watches. With this, the manufactory once set out new paths. Although the Hamptons line of the Geneva manufactory is less revolutionary, it is one of the bestsellers of the brand. With restraint to the goal: A success recipe, that also the well-bred ladies of the east coast know.

Color for the wrist: Colorful watches of the Haute Horlogerie.