I really like the Riviera, but there doesn't seem to be too big of a following for it on this site. Can someone chime in on the reputation of the brand before and the reputation now?
I'm a big fan of the look of this Riviera GMT although probably not as vintage as it should be for this forumIf you are talking about a vintage watch, e.g. from the 1980s or earlier, there could be some interest. Could you perhaps share some photos and information about the watch you are interested in and explain its appeal to you. Maybe there will be some other B&M fans on the forum. If you are talking about a more modern watch, this may be the wrong forum.
IMO, Baume and Mercier is a mid-tier brand today, but doesn't seem to have a strong history of innovation and/or particularly high quality historically, at least in my experience. Interestingly, most of the vintage B&M watches I see are fakes. And amongst the legit vintage B&M watches I see, most are mundane pieces assembled from mid-level off the shelf components. So I agree that it doesn't have a strong following among vintage collectors.
B&M is in good company with other brands that don't attract much collector interest on WUS. And yet they have a reputation for making nicely designed durable watches that are enjoyed by their owners. If you find a B&M watch that looks good I would say just go for it and enjoy.I really like the Riviera, but there doesn't seem to be too big of a following for it on this site. Can someone chime in on the reputation of the brand before and the reputation now?