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.