The Petite Promesse from Baume & Mercier was one of the SIHH Novelties that I liked the most this year. I am Jenna from Team Ace Online, also known as @MissAceJewelers on Instagram. I am a goldsmith, so when a luxury watch brand manages to bridge the gap between jewelry and timepiece- I am pretty excited. I was lucky enough to try out the Petite Promesse for a week to share my review with you.
The Petite Promesse is small in size as its name suggests. A mere 22mm case diameter is perfect for someone who would like an elegant and delicate watch. What sets the Petite Promesse apart from other small watches, is the double wrap around leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. The double wrap around straps are right on the #ArmParty trend of layering and stacking up your jewelry with your watch.
The Petite Promesse is available in three different versions, and each version comes with an additional, single wrap around strap. The ref. 10288 is the Cerulean Blue strap (€2,450 including VAT), which was the model I chose to wear for a week. I usually wear rose gold, so personally I didn't want to wear a watch with a steel bracelet (ref. 10289, €2,750 including VAT). I would love to see Baume & Mercier extend the Petite Promesse collection to include a dual tone version. The ref. 10290 is the orange version, which was tempting as there are 0.32 carats of diamonds set around the bezel, where was the blue and stainless steel versions only have 0.18 carats of diamonds. I am biased as orange isn't my favorite color, but I find it a little impractical that the most expensive version of the watch (€3,200 including VAT) is fitted with an orange strap.
The Petite Promesse is quite simple in style; I really love the small details. I thought that I would have preferred the version with more diamonds (diamonds are a girls best friend, right?), but after wearing the blue version for a week, I love how well thought out the placement of the diamonds are. The mother of pearl dial is perfectly round, but the case is actually oval. On each side of the bezel there are diamonds cascading in size. The pave diamonds come to an end at the top and bottom of the case. There are diamond hour markers at just 12 and 6 o'clock. The delicate balance between the pave diamond bezel with the hour markers is really beautiful on the cerulean blue and stainless steel versions (ref. 10288 and 10289). The orange version has diamonds that go around the entire bezel. I admit at first I thought the more diamonds, the better. Since wearing the watch, I changed my mind. Sometimes less is more.
If I could work together with Baume & Mercier for the next generation of the Petite Promesse, I would consider making it available in a few other sizes, but sticking with the Petite Promesse design elements that set it apart from the Promesse collection. I have a pretty small wrist, and the 22mm case made the watch feel quite dressy because it even looked small on my wrist. When fitted with a black strap, I could absolutely see myself wearing the watch with a cocktail dress to a formal dinner or gala. While the cerulean blue and orange straps definitely off a more daytime vibe, it didn't feel like a daytime watch because the size. I would also consider replacing the orange strap with a more practical color for street style. The good news is that the double wrap around strap is available to order separately in red, purple, black, and white.
The Petite Promesse is powered by a quartz movement. There is not a crown on the side of the watch; to change the time you need to take a small, pointy object such as a toothpick and push in the button on the back of the watch. I think that not having a crown on the side makes the watch more elegant looking. As a goldsmith, I admittedly appreciate automatic or hand-wound movements a little more. I could see myself wearing this watch on an almost daily basis if it was made just a little bigger. I really like the fashion forward strap on the Petite Promesse, so an automatic movement would be a practical choice. If Baume & Mercier could make a Miss Ace Jewelers Special Edition Petite Promesse, I would vote for a slightly larger case, automatic movement, dual tone (perhaps gold hands and hour markers), and a more practical color for the dubble wrap around strap.
The Petite Promesse starts at €2,450 including VAT for the cerulean blue model (ref. 10288). The stainless steel version retails for €2,750, and the orange version with the fully set bezel is €3,200 including VAT. Whichever model you think is your favorite is absolutely subjective. The good news is that we have the Petite Promesse in stock at Ace & Dik Jewelers, and online in our eBoutique here.