We’re not going to lie, it’s a tricky one. There’s something about wearing colour after cocktail hour that feels a bit gauche
Baume & Mercier’s Petit Promesse
Apart from more sombre shades such as navy or aubergine, colour is confined to daylight (generally) and sunshine, more specifically. The same is true of watches. The moment there is an inkling of some sunshine on the horizon, any accessories editor worth their hairy Gucci loafers starts calling in watches in every hue the rainbow has to offer. By contrast, any article with a whiff of eveningwear and everyone goes back to black.
But Baume & Mercier’s new Petit Promesse might be the push we need to be a little more pro-colour when it comes to cocktail-hour wristwear.
Back in 2014, Baume & Mercier launched its Promesse collection. Based on an archive piece from the 1970s, with its circular dial inside an oval bezel, it really put the brand on the women’s watch map. This minimised version blended the style of the original Promesse, with the stunning straps more commonly associated with its other super-successful women’s line, Linea. There are three variations, blue or (very on-trend) orange leather or wonderfully fluid steel bracelet; something that is notoriously hard to do as a double wrap.
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The dial size, and the obligatory diamond bezel, makes it dainty enough to make a bid for cocktail watch territory, but the colour-pop strap feels daring.
It might not have us ditching the black and reaching for something more statement when it comes to the rest of our wardrobe, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Baume & Mercier’s Petit Promesse starts at £1,800 for the blue leather strap version with semi-set bezel.