Sculpture Commission for Baume & Mercier

25 June 2014


Over the last month I have been working on an exciting commission for the luxury Swiss watch brand, Baume & Mercier. I was asked to create a sculpture for the UK market in celebration of the launch of the new ladies collection, Promesse.

From the press release: “Taking inspiration from the infamous love locks attached to bridges and landmarks all over the world binding people’s love for eternity, Baume & Mercier has adapted the concept to celebrate and emphasise the special promise that this act creates between two individuals. Drawing on childhood traditions and evoking joyful memories, Sally McKay has created a sculpture portraying a ‘pinkie promise’ detailing two hands with the little fingers entwined. The hand-crafted sculpture signifies a long lasting bond between two people capturing and cementing this special moment. Each time a a promise is made it will be sealed by attaching a specially made Baume & Mercier Promesse padlock to the sculpture. ”

Photographer Miranda Parry visited my studio to take pictures of the work in progress and of course the launch event at the ICA.  Here are a few of those pictures

Promesse.5© The Pinky-Promise Maquette using my son Jerome and daughter Gaby as my hand-models, with the tools that I wouldn’t be separated from for 4 weeks


Son Max came home from Art College to cut the wire for me in the garden. 30 metres.



Before starting to create the sculpture the wire was sprayed in shades of orange


In my studio working on hand 1



Two hands, nearly finished, checking measurements with my calipers


The launch of the new range of ladies watches at the ICA in The Mall. Before the journalists and guests arrive


The display of watches. I wore one for the evening, very stylish I didn’t want to part with it …


The sculpture is unveiled before the audience


The finished sculpture


The watch designer coordinated beautifully with the sculpture, unlike me


Adding my padlock to the sculpture


Daughter Gaby adding her padlock


From the press release: “The sculpture of the hands will be displayed in a special Promesse exhibition in the Fine Watch Room on the Ground Floor at Harrods during September. In store customers will be able to collect a padlock to seal their promise to the striking and unique creation”

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