While large faces have dominated the market at times, timepieces with smaller cases and thinner straps are experiencing a surge in popularity. These sleek, jewelry-inspired watches are a stylish accessory for a range of lifestyles and add an elegant touch to your outfit.
The royal roots of petite watches
While petite watches are currently in the spotlight, it’s not the first time they’ve made an appearance. The origins of the petite watch style actually go back to the royal courts of the 19th century. The Queen of Naples is popularly credited with having worn the first wristwatch, which she had custom designed and resembled a delicate item of jewelry rather than the larger timepieces of today. Other royals and high society women followed the trend, having their own ornate watches designed for them, leading to the popularization of the so-called “bracelet watch.”
Since then, petite watches have been a go-to style for women looking for a slim and feminine timepiece.
Many modern petite watches have leather straps in a variety of colors and stainless-steel gold, silver and rose gold-tone cases. These stainless-steel bracelet watches have an elegant, jewelry-like appearance and can elevate a dressier outfit for a formal event or cocktail parties. Their slim size also makes them great for combining with bangles and rings for a statement look.
Ways to wear petite watches
There are a number of ways to wear a petite watch. Their small size and thin straps give them a minimalist, understated quality that can complement any outfit without overwhelming it, making them perfect for work-to-play looks.
Petite watches from Timex
Timex offers a variety of watches for every taste and budget, including elegant petite timepieces. Here are some of our top picks:
Milano Semi-Bangle 24mm Watch
Make a statement with the ultra-sleek Milano Semi-Bangle. Available in both polished champagne and silver-tone stainless-steel with minimalist hour markers, the Milano Semi-Bangle is a modernist and bold timepiece with a slim profile.
Briarwood Mother of Pearl 27mm Expansion Band Watch
The Briarwood Mother of Pearl is a classic and sophisticated timepiece. It adds a touch of class to everyday outfits, but with its gold- or two-tone stainless-steel expansion band and iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial, it can also be the perfect accessory for more formal occasions.
Easy Reader® 30mm Leather Strap Watch
Smaller cases don’t necessarily mean harder to read. The Easy Reader® 30mm watch features an enlarged typeface for at-a-glance timekeeping. Available in silver-tone with a white dial and red leather strap or gold-tone with a cream dial and black leather strap, the Easy Reader promises to be durable and always in style.
Expedition® Field Mini 26mm Leather Strap Watch
Outdoor adventurers and urban explorers alike will find a functional and durable petite watch option in the Expedition® Field Mini. A classic outdoor watch, the Expedition® brings together INDIGLO® night-light technology, water resistance up to 50 meters and a durable metal construction to create a dependable timepiece wherever your journey takes you.