The new Hermes Cape Cod Grandes Heures (refs. 036599WW00 & 036600WW00) watch offers a Swiss made automatic movement with a really nice complication module that regularly proves that tempus does indeed fugit.
Presented in a unisex 316L stainless steel case 36.50 mm x 35.40 mm in height and width respectively, the watch looks classy and refined, just like the rest of the series.
Inside the compact body is hidden an unspecified Swiss made automatic movement with a special module that, at given intervals, increases the angular velocity of both the hour and minute hands.
As a nice contrast, the second hand keeps running around its axis at a usual speed of 6° per second. As far as I understand, the movement also features a dead beat second hand module that makes the central second hand jump one time per second: just like the same indicator on a normal quartz watch does. Although some watchmaking brands invest a great deal of effort of making the movement of the pointer as fluid as technically possible, the dead beat complication seems to be gradually coming back: just check out this beautiful Gronefeld One Hertz Platinum and a more classic-looking Arnold & Son True Beat 88!
The Hermes Cape Cod Grandes Heures comes in two versions of its striped dial: one silvered and one in anthracite, and with a choice of three hour display variations with the stylized Arabic numerals grouped together in different fashion like 8-10-12, 10-12-2 (pictured,) and 1-3-5.
As usual, the timekeeper is supplied with the best leather straps that (reasonable) money can buy. This particular model may be ordered either with a matt havana brown or graphite alligator leather strap.
Pricing is not yet specified, but it will possibly be somewhere in the €5000 and €10,000 range*.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: The French fashion house decided to offer the collection with a minimum recommended street price of €7100. While clearly not especially affordable, it is still not that expensive given how exclusive the brand is when it comes to all things related to conspicuous consumption.
See also: Hermes Cape Cod Tonneau Bleu de Malte
Hermes Cape Cod Grandes Heures automatic watch specification
Price: €7100 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic with Grandes Heures module, 133 parts, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours and minutes with variable speed, seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Rectangular
Case size: 36.50 mm x 35.40 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Silvered (ref. 036599WW00) or Anthracite (ref. 036600WW00)
Hour markers: Black or White
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Matt havana brown or graphite alligator leather strap with steel deployment clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire