The new Hermes Heure H Tres Grand (ref. 036929WW00) automatic ladies watch that was recently presented by the French fashion brand keeps exploring a somewhat trite theme of H-shaped cases.
Of course, it is not the first time that the luxury goods maker introduces an H-shaped timepiece.
If you spend a couple of minutes to make a search on eBay, you will find a number of Hermes-branded watches that have their horns stylized in such a way as to represent the Latin letter “H” that the brand’s name begins with.
Some of the earlier examples of the approach (like, for instance the already out of stock Ref. HR1.210.230/UBC model) look downright banal, while others are just okay.
This new Hermes Heure H Tres Grand (as, as matter of fact, all of their current Heure H line of similarly styled watches that is evenly distributed from very small to this, relatively large one, models,) however, looks a lot more appealing if not particularly interesting. Probably, the reason for yours truly being mildly impressed by this new model has something to do with a set of subtle touches expertly applied here and there by something that looks like a very skilled -albeit lacking particular love for the product per se- hand of a good designer.
Also, the success of the new design is ensured with a well-decorated dial with its square guilloche pattern, boxy Arabic numerals and sword-shaped hour and minute hands that provide the watch with a more high-toned appearance.
The signature Hermes Barenia leather strap with contrast stitching and a stainless steel safety deployant clasp also adds greatly to the refined elegance of the watch.
Of course, the dial is not just elegant. With its high-contrast layout, easily readable interface (a rare thing for a fashion watch) and a sapphire crystal coated with an antireflective film, it is very legible, too.
There is no Superluminova neither on the indexes, nor on the hands. However, being a dressy watch, the Heure H Tres Grand doesn’t really need any lume whatsoever. There is always enough light in such places were this watch is going to be demonstrated.
According to the French fashion brand, the watch is powered by an unspecified automatic caliber created by the Swiss manufacture Vaucher.
Although most of you probably never heard about such business entity as Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, it is in fact a serious maker of mechanical calibers.
Re-established in 2003, split from Parmigiani Fleurier and partly owned by Hermes, the manufacture sells its movements to such well-known luxury watch brands as Parmigiani itself, Corum, Richard Mille, Bulova and other big names in the watchmaking industry.
See also: Hermes Cape Cod Tonneau Bleu de Malte
Hermes Heure H Tres Grand (ref. 036929WW00) automatic wrist watch specification
Price: €2300 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Vaucher, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: No data
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: H-shaped
Bezel shape: Square
Case size: 32.00 mm x 32.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: White, guilloche
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hermes Barenia leather strap with safety deployant clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire