A Sweet Deal
Baume & Mercier’s Promesse collection was introduced in 2014 but a new model was added to the range this year. Named the Petite Promesse, it marries a much smaller and almost vintage-like case with some contemporary straps. “Paradoxically, by reducing the format of the Promesse we haven’t sacrificed anything, we’ve actually strengthened its identity,” says Alexandre Peraldi, the brand’s head of design. “The hallmark of the Promesse is its oval bezel. In a 22mm format, it jumps out at you, asserting its presence over and above the case that contains it.” There are three versions available, with the major difference being their straps. Two of them, the 2,300 USD blue calfskin and the 2,600 USD steel one have been paired with cases set with 22 brilliant-cut diamonds partially surrounding mother-ofpearl dials. The third, our favourite, costs 3,000 USD, has a coral calfskin strap and a fully encrusted bezel with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds. All three versions’ straps are double-wrapped (which is particularly unusual in the case of the steel version) but come with an extra single-wrap black option for added versatility. Baume & Mercier say that they considered giving the watch a mechanical movement but found the diminutive size restricted its power capacity too much so their solution was to go with quartz and this had the added benefit of allowing them to remove the crown and instead place an adjustor on the caseback. It’s a lovely touch that helps enhance the purity of the elliptical case shape. The Promesse is simple, sweet and elegant.