In 1837, master saddler Thierry Hermès established a bridle manufacturing business in Paris. Over time, the company expanded its product line to include luggage, bags, and document wallets. In 1978, Hermès established La Montre Hermès SA in Biel to manufacture watches for the company’s expanding retail network. The company’s iconic Clipper line debuted in 1981, with a porthole-shaped bezel.
By establishing a Swiss subsidiary in 1978, the family made commitments to the world of major watchmaking, and it has made significant progress focused on developing its movements, dials, and cases. The clientele has been made aware of the house’s timepiece lineup, which includes GMTs, tourbillons, ultra-slim mechanical movements, as well as limited-edition artist series. Here’s a list of exemplary Hermès watches.
1. Hermès Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel Platine Watch
This exemplary Hermes watch termed Hermès Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel Platine Watch is a completely handcrafted perpetual calendar model housed in a precious 39.50mm platinum case. This exemplary novelty has a stunning blue dial with silver-toned transferred Arabic numerals and the Slim collection’s exclusive font. The stunning blue dial displays date, month, dual-time, and leap year indications on separate subdials. Month and leap year indications are shared by the same counter at the 9 o’clock position, while the date is read at the 12 o’clock position. At 3 o’clock, there’s a mother-of-pearl moon phase set in the opposite of an aventurine sky backdrop.
The ultra-thin Manufacture H1950 mechanical movement with Agenhor perpetual calendar module is at the heart of the Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel, ensuring that the date of months with 30 and 31 days is set automatically, while taking account of leap years by specifying February 29th every four years with no adjusting. Its self-winding movement is made of 29 rubies and runs at a semi-fast frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour (3 Hz). The watch’s flawless and durable mechanism can store enough energy to keep it ticking for at least 42 hours when fully wound.
The sapphire crystal case back allows you to admire its inner beauty. Water-resistance is guaranteed down to 30 meters (about 100 feet). It is appended to a matching Abyss blue alligator leather strap, demonstrating the Swiss manufacturer’s exceptional leather craftsmanship.
2. Hermès Arceau Time Suspended Watch
This exemplary watch was inspired by a beautiful idea to help you control time rather than rely on it. To accomplish this, a Paris-based watchmaker devised a one-of-a-kind horological complication, an amazing time suspender that allows the wearer to erase time with a single push. This world’s first triple-retrograde watch complication is powered by a mechanical movement with an additional module that allows you to switch between standard and suspended time. With a single push of the pushbutton, the 360° retrograde hour and minute hands move to an impossible position without interfering with the movement’s accuracy. Its self-winding mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and has a 42-hour power reserve.
It has a 43 mm palladium case that matches the matt indigo alligator strap, as well as a palladium folding safety clasp. It has two-body, circular, polished, asymmetric lugs, a crown at the 2 o’clock position, and a push-button at the 9 o’clock position for starting and stopping hands. Its caseback, engraved with “Only Watch 2011,” is secured with five screws and protected by an anti-glare sapphire crystal. Its blue-grained dial with herringbone decoration features radial Breguet numerals that add a stylish touch to the watch.
3. Hermès Arceau H Cube Limited Edition Watch
Straw marquetry is a traditional watchmaking beautification discipline that undoubtedly adds to the prestige of the timepiece and, by extension, the brand itself. Needless to say, the entire process of creating a miniature marquetry artwork is extremely complicated and necessitates a great deal of patience. The result is a lovely dial that depicts a geometric pattern known as H Cube, which was envisioned by designer Henri d’Origny, just like the rest of the Arceau watches.
The pattern’s colors are orange, claret-red, fuchsia, coral, and purple. It is contained within a round case with a 41 mm diameter. Sapphire with an anti-reflective coating is used on both the front and the back of the case, which is transparent. The housing’s construction ensures that it is watertight to a depth of 30 meters. A self-winding mechanical movement created for Hermes by Vaucher Manufacture from the Swiss town of Fleurier is visible through the back of the white gold case.
It is caliber H1837, and it is made up of 193 components and 28 jewels. In terms of the functions of the caliber H1837, this has a power reserve of 50 hours. It has a smooth ember-colored alligator leather strap that fastens with an 11 mm wide pin buckle made of the same material as the watch’s case and weighs approximately 5.37 grams.
Hermès is one of history’s most enduring watch brands. It is known not only for its bags and scarves but also for its exemplary and fashionable watch collection. Hermès watches are creative inventions that are well assembled and designed to fit as one’s everyday watch, besides getting a sophisticated feel.