Fashionable and colorful accessories are constantly being reinvented. Women of today like to make a bold aesthetic statement by combining all values in their daily choices. The Petite Promesse adapts to these desires and knows how to unite fashion and respect for nature. Its latest revolution is Banka leather, made from trout skin in vibrant, elegant colors.
Banka leather is made in France. It comes from the quality fish, rainbow trout, initially celebrated and enjoyed in prestigious restaurants. The fish are farmed in an environment that perfectly suits their needs, where animal welfare ranks above productivity.
The tachymeter is stainless steel with number engravings on a stationary bezel with among the number engravings being “184,” the rate at which Burt Munro broke the land speed record. Moving inwards, the dial is sandblasted in a silverish-white colour to mimic the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and also the amount indices are black rhodium plated. The brushed finish of this dial is cleanly interrupted with a commanding black horizontal line running the length of the dial from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, which was inspired by the livery of Burt’s bicycle, the Indian Scout based streamliner. The texture of the pre-production piece was strong, from its buckle, straps, case, and complete. I truly liked the theme of the watch and the best part about it was that it seemed vintage. The subtle “Phi” stamping of the bottom strap, near the lugs, is really a nice touch without yelling “It is a Baume et Mercier watch.” Another great touch is that the chronograph hand counterweight, which is the Indian Motorcycle’s “I.” Finally, the caseback, while still not an exhibition caseback, is engraved with the Indian Motorcycle’s headdress emblem with the limited edition number engraving, one from 1967.
As explained by Peio Goicoechea, director of the Banka farm, “It took a year to develop the process in collaboration with a specialist tanner in Brittany. Today, we offer an exclusive luxury product”. The trout scales form contrasting patterns that are accentuated by the tanning process, which makes each strap different. The material is also valued for its qualities which, according to the farm director, combine flexibility and resistance.
The Banka fish farm
Situated in the Basque country, in the village of Banka, the farm lies in the grounds of a 17th-century mill powered by the Arpéa river. The quality of the water and the completely protected natural environment provides exceptional conditions, close to those in the wild, for farming trout. “Because of the way the ponds are stepped, the water is naturally oxygenated. The fish are not given antibiotics or vaccines. Their food varies depending on the weather, as we match their physiological needs as closely as possible.” This approach fits perfectly with current environmental responsibility standards.
Baume et Mercier presents the Petite Promesse model in a selection of three eye-catching colors: a luminous red, a bold green, and a vibrant blue.