History & Philosophy
Bernhard H. Mayer® was founded more than a century ago and has since been built on the principles of excellence in design and quality in standards.
Established in 1871 in Pforzheim, Germany’s City of Gold, Bernhard H. Mayer® has steadily grown in the luxury industry and has provided premium items that are products of more than a hundred years of knowledge and experience in the crafting and manufacturing of precious metals.
Inspired by a vision to enrich the eternal value of precious metals and gemstones and render quality jewellery and timepieces for discerning customers, we commit to offering an exclusive variety of products created with the exceptional skills and passion of our specialised designers and craftsmen.
Our collections range from classic to contemporary styles, presenting exquisite sparkle, colour and design.
The exclusive timepieces and jewellery designed by Bernhard H. Mayer® uphold the highest standards of product quality and craftsmanship.
Established traditions are respected in the creation, design and production of all Bernhard H. Mayer® products. Brilliant timepieces are manufactured in accordance with Swiss watchmaking traditions and standards, whilst gems and precious metals are chosen and crafted into jewellery based on guidelines set by premier jewellery institutions.
Authenticity in the quality of Bernhard H. Mayer® products is part of a continuing commitment to product excellence.
What began more than a century ago continues successfully in the decades to come. Bernhard H. Mayer® offers selections of timepieces designed to suit the personal tastes of its wearers. All Bernhard H. Mayer® watches are Swiss made in accordance with Swiss standards of quality and assurance. Both technical and aesthetic designs are ensured by the specialised craftsmanship and exceptional skills of watchmakers that render a tradition of excellence.
From classic styles to contemporary renditions, Bernhard H. Mayer® offers selections of fine jewellery that present exquisite sparkle, colour and design. Gems and precious metals are chosen and crafted into jewellery based on guidelines set by premier jewellery institutions.
Each jewellery piece is lovingly and expertly designed and made by skilled jewellers.
If you have a hand-wound watch, it is advisable to wind it every morning. Mechanical watches must be serviced at least every three to five years to have the mechanics checked and relubricated. The tiny parts inside the watch are under tremendous strain, so friction is their greatest enemy. Lubrication prevents the bearings from drying out and grinding away the steel parts.
Exposing your watch to high temperatures, such as placing it on the dashboard of your vehicle or submerging it in a hot tub, may cause the watch to malfunction, may shorten battery life, or may damage its internal components. Leaving the watch in extreme cold temperatures may cause irregular timekeeping.
Do not expose an analogue quartz watch to magnetism. If you do, it may temporarily stop operating or may show gain or loss in time.
To ensure that it maintains its water resistance, make sure the crown of the watch is always pushed against the case. You should have your watch checked once a year for water resistance. Condensation inside your watch is an indication that its water resistance has been affected.
For maximum performance, regularly wipe your watch with a clean, soft cloth. Stains, water spots and dirt that have accumulated on the case, crystal or bank may cause premature wear. If you use your water-resistant watch in the shower, chlorinated water or saltwater, rinse it with fresh water and dry it thoroughly afterwards.
Care for the Crystal Surface
- A watch may have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, but that doesn’t mean you should toss your watch on top of the dresser or into a drawer at the end of the day. It is better to store or wrap it in a soft cloth before placing it down.
- Replace broken or scratched crystals immediately. Even a hairline crack can bring dust or moisture into the mechanism, affecting the accuracy.
Care for Metal Bracelets
- If you participate in activities that cause you to sweat excessively, you may want to consider getting a watch with a metal bracelet or rubber strap, rather than a leather strap.
- Since the metal bracelet is worn next to the skin, it collects dust and perspiration, which becomes soiled if not cleaned regularly. This is particularly true of the inner mesh of the bracelet.
- When soil and rust are present in a bracelet, they are dissolved by perspiration and can cause staining of the cuffs and, in some instances, irritation of the skin.
- Wipe dirt and perspiration off with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. If the watch is water resistant, you can occasionally clean the bracelet with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Dry the bracelet completely.
- A toothpick can also be used to clean any dirt that has built up in the bracelet or casing of the watch.
Care for Leather Straps
- Straps that are made of natural and genuine leather will gradually deteriorate with constant exposure to perspiration. If not cleaned, perspiration can wash out the natural oils and cause the leather to become dry. Any moisture should be blotted with a soft cloth or paper towel and the strap should be allowed to dry naturally.
- Salt residue and soil can be removed from leather straps by cleaning it with a dampened soft cloth and mild soap (or saddle soap, which is special leather soap).
- Wear the strap slightly loose, with an allowance of one finger space between the wrist and strap. This invites air circulation and allows any moisture to evaporate.
Care for Rubber Straps
- Rubber straps should be washed frequently with mild soap and warm water using a soft brush.
- Solvents, oils, perspiration, tanning lotions and salt can cause rubber to deteriorate if not removed.
- With the proper care, precious jewellery should last for decades and remain a valuable possession. By taking good care and applying practical advice, you can safeguard your jewellery and ensure it stays with you forever.
- Protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and extreme temperatures. Store your jewellery in a soft-lined box or pouch. Try to keep your jewellery pieces apart, so that they don’t rub against each other or get tangled up.
- Wear jewellery for appropriate occasions. Avoid wearing rings when doing household chores or engaging in sporting activities. Stones can be knocked loose and jewellery may come in contact with abrasive elements, which discolour the metal.
- Don’t let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray. This may discolour gold or make pearls turn yellow. Put jewellery on only after you have applied cosmetics or sprays.
- Settings can become clogged with soap and hand cream. Take rings and bracelets off when washing your hands. When using a public lavatory, secure hand rings to your necklace or place them in a pouch inside your handbag or purse.
- Heat and hot water can loosen jewellery settings in which an adhesive has been used. Pearl rings, earrings and pendants have this type of setting, so take extra care with them.
- Never go swimming with your jewellery. Chlorine in swimming pools can cause extensive damage.
- Clean your jewellery periodically. Use a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water to get into any difficult nooks and crannies. You can also purchase a professional jewellery cleaning product. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
Gold, Platinum and Silver Care Tips
- Like all jewellery, gold should be periodically cleaned and checked for wear and breakage. You can clean it with warm, soapy water or let your jeweller repolish it.
- Platinum jewellery should be cleaned using a prepackaged jewellery cleaner, or have it cleaned professionally by your jeweller. As with all precious jewellery, store pieces separately to avoid scratching.
- Sterling silver will tarnish with time and wear. Polish it by rubbing or buffing with a soft cotton cloth or sunshine cloth. If you store your silver in a plastic bag with an interlocking seal, it will be less prone to becoming tarnished. Some silver jewellery pieces are coated with rhodium, which is designed to make it tarnish resistant. Clean rhodium-coated sterling silver with a soft polishing rag or a fine silver cleaner. Do not use silver dip as it may cause potential damage to the rhodium finish or any inlaid gemstone.
Diamond Care Tips
- Many people think diamonds are indestructible, but special care is still required to protect them from loss or damage.
- While they are resistant to heat, scratches and can be cut only by another diamond, strong impact against a diamond’s girdle can cause chipping or abrasion.
- Make sure your diamonds are safely secured in their settings, especially those with claw-set rings. Do not use soft metals like 24k gold. Jewellery with loose stones should be repaired by a jeweller before being worn again.
- Diamonds scratch other jewellery, so keep them wrapped or store them separately, especially from other diamond jewellery.
- Diamonds can be covered by a greasy film caused by dead skin, dust and grit. There are several ways to clean your diamonds, depending on the metal mount it is set in.
- Most diamonds set in gold or platinum can be cleaned in a detergent bath consisting of warm water and a mild household detergent. Gently scrub with a soft, non-metallic brush and rinse in warm water. Wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid using cleaning agents that contain abrasives, such as toothpaste.
- Diamonds set in gold alloys with high karat (18k and above) will not be damaged by household chemicals. However, lower karat alloys (14k and below) are subject to stress corrosion by chlorine-based bleach and other cleaning chemicals. Avoid contact between these chemicals and your jewellery.
- Ultrasonic cleaners perform the job with liquids, usually a mixture of ammonia and detergent. It is best to have a professional jeweller clean your diamonds, but for a quick homemade remedy, you can prepare a solution consisting of one-part ammonia to six-parts water.
Gemstone Care Tips
- To minimise jewellery rubbing together, use a jewellery box with different compartments that are well-padded. Or, better still, keep them in their individual boxes.
- Use a proper, manufactured solution to clean gemstones. Such products can be bought from most jewellery outlets. Hard stones such as diamonds, garnets, sapphires, rubies and amethysts can be dipped in a bowl of warm, soapy water and brushed with an old, soft toothbrush. Be careful not to poke under the gemstones as this may dislodge them from their setting. Amber can be cleaned in the same manner, as long as it is dried straight away. Some stones can be quite porous (such as pearls, jade, jet, lapis, emeralds, opal and turquoise), so they should not be dipped in water. Dipping can strip some of these stones of their oils.
- Some stones are also damaged by sunlight. These include:Amethyst: becomes paler.
Ametrine: may change colour.
Aquamarine: becomes paler.
Aventurine: translucent types often lose colour.
Beryl: brown or orange types may become pale pink.
Citrine: may change colour.
Kunzite: becomes pale or loses colour.
Rose Quartz: becomes paler.
Smoky Quartz: becomes paler.
- Gemstones that are mounted on rings may become loose or rattle. If this occurs, visit your local jeweller before it’s too late. It is much cheaper to have the prongs repaired than to replace a gemstone. Prongs are easily ‘re-tipped’ by most jewellers in order to keep the stone secure.
Pearl Care Tips
- Most pearls worn today are cultured, and though cultured pearls have thicker coatings, they are more fragile than other gemstones.
- Pearls consist of an organic material called conchiolin, which is susceptible to acidic substances such as sweat, vinegar, fruit juices and detergents. These acids cause discolouration, loss of lustre, and dissolution of the aragonite crystals that make up the layers of nacre. Clean your pearls immediately to counter these damaging effects. Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth such as silicon cloth or chamois to wipe your pearls. You can dampen the cloth with water as long as you allow your pearls to air dry before storing them. Stubborn dirt can be washed away with a mild soap solution (try using Ivory Flakes). Placing a drop of olive oil on the cloth can help maintain lustre. Do not use abrasive cloths, ammonia-based cleaners, harsh detergents, or an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning your pearls.
- Even if pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shockproof, they rank low on the Mohs hardness scale. Avoid permanent scarring caused by contact with sharp objects or rough surfaces.
- Pearl necklaces or bracelets must be restrung at least once a year. Silk or nylon strings absorb sweat and humidity and will either stretch, loosen or suddenly break. If there is space between the pearls, it is an indication that the string must soon be replaced. When having pearls customised into a necklace or bracelet, request the jeweller to leave a knot between each pearl to prevent them from rubbing against each other. This will also ensure that only one pearl will drop if the string breaks.
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If you are new to the world of horology and want a quality timepiece, just look for the words ‘Swiss Made’ stamped on the dial. According to a European law that regulates the use of the name ‘Swiss’ for watches, a Swiss Made timepiece is one that has been assembled, adjusted and subjected to official tests in Switzerland. In addition, at least 50% of the components of the movement should be manufactured in Switzerland.
What does the Swiss Made label mean for you?
The words ‘Swiss Made’ guarantee the highest standards of quality and assurance. It includes the technical quality of watches (accuracy, reliability, water-resistance and shock-resistance), as well as their aesthetic quality (elegance and originality of design). The guarantee covers both traditional manufacturing and new technologies.
What lies behind this reputation?
The fundamental values of the Swiss Made label not only represent high-quality timepieces, but they also maintain their high standards, giving consumers the best of assurance. The Swiss Made name faces strong competition, however, thanks to the unique infrastructure, know-how, and spirit of innovation, it has succeeded in maintaining its leading position.
How is ‘Swiss Made’ defined by law?
A watch is defined as Swiss Made only when it carry the indications ‘Swiss Made’ or ‘Swiss’, or any other expression containing the word ‘Swiss’ or its translation. According to Swiss law, a watch is considered Swiss if:
- Its movement is Swiss
- Its movement is cased up in Switzerland
- The manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland
A Swiss Watch Movement is considered Swiss, if:
- It has been assembled in Switzerland
- It has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland
- The components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 50 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly
Bernhard H. Mayer® watches are manufactured in accordance with Swiss watchmaking traditions and follow the highest standards of product quality and craftsmanship. That means the standard and quality of our watches are more than assured.