Following the success of a first Baume Skate – HRS edition timepiece in 2018, and the Baume Ski – Zag Editions in 2019, Swiss watch brand Baume & Mercier presents a new Baume Skate timepiece in collaboration with the young and talented French skateboarder Aurelien Giraud.
The new Baume Skate Aurelien Giraud Special Edition, featuring an automatic SW200 movement, has a 42mm casing made using used skate decks from Aurélien and production excesses that were plan to be destroyed making the Baume Skate a new symbol of the concept of upcycling.
A blue anodized aluminium container encapsulates the movement and clips onto the casing to protect the movement from any external damage and ensures water-resistance.
The shape of the casing was made using a machine to make several discs in the skate decks, which were then treated using water-based resin to strengthen the wood, whilst ensuring it remained 100% airtight.
The processing and finishing of the cases were completed in Switzerland using a combination of traditional man operated processes and digital machines. Keeping in line with Baume & Mercier watchmaking roots, the Baume Skate Aurelien Giraud Special Edition cases were finished off with a “handmade” feel.
This special timepiece features a dial made out of original grip tape that you can find on every skate deck. A subtle element creating a luminous yet completely new effect on the dial and paying tribute to one the key material of the skate culture. This grip tape centred disk is rotating based on a 12h rhythm illustrating the will of the Baume collection to introduce out-of-the-box time display.
The hour hand being symbolized by the Baume logo and giving the impression to the owner that he is wearing a mono-hand timepiece. It’s not about making time stand still, it’s about making time move differently.
The dial is mixing red and blue tones echoing Aurelien’s favourite colours giving to the timepiece a masculine yet stylish aesthetic. The back engraving has been made possible by the use of a thermal laser for a high-quality look and the back sapphire glass is displaying Aurelien’s signature.
The Baume Skate Aurelien Giraud Special Edition is mounted on a cotton strap that is fixed to steel black PVD lugs thanks to the unique Baume’s collection interchangeable strap button system. The black cotton strap is built with multiple applications such as lining or a red tag merged with Aurelien’s initials into the strap and is featuring a black cork back lining for even more comfort on wrist.
Model: BAUME SKATE Automatic, Reference M0A10653
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vph)
Thickness: 4.6 mm
Hour and minutes
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 10.2 mm
Upcycled skateboard case band and blue anodized aluminium container
Black anodized aluminium articulated horns
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire case back with Aurélien Giraud signature in white decal
Knurled crown at 12 o’clock
Water resistance: 3 ATM (approx. 30m)
Anthracite grained finish dial
White and red decals
Blue minute hand
Hour display by central grip disc
Interchangeable grey cotton with special stitching and screen-printing decor
Sewn red label with Aurélien Giraud initials
Black cork lining
System for quick change of the strap without tools
Black PVD – steel pin buckle
Suggested retail price