The 2015 Slim d’Hermes targets those iconic Piaget ultra-thin wristwatches that the competing brand is so proud of. Yet, the thinness is not the timekeeper’s main selling point. The device offers a well-balanced, solid design that is a serious improvement on their previous attempts, as well as a new self-winding mechanism with micro-rotor design that could technically even be called ‘in-house’.
As usual for the French brand, the Hermes Dressage L’Heure Masque offers a compelling mixture of an innovative movement, fine design, and a good taste. Although some purists may still sneer at their timepieces, there are in fact very few ‘fashion’ watches that can rival its refinement and ingenuity of its design.
Established back in 1837, Hermes is mostly known for its high-quality, premium-priced leather goods. However, the French company has recently moved full-speed ahead into the “real” watchmaking business. Marking its 175th anniversary, Hermes has not only redesigned its elegant Dressage family but also introduced what it calls its “first in-house movement,” which is aptly named H1837. Installed inside the new Hermes Dressage 1837 in its most basic form, the caliber is nevertheless ready to power much more complicated watches, including even those sporting so-called “grand complications”: perpetual calendars and minute repeaters, just to name a few. All they need is just a few fairly simple add-on modules that would be powered by the new caliber.
The new Hermes Heure H Tres Grand (ref. 036929WW00) that was recently presented by the French fashion brand keeps exploring a somewhat trite theme of H-shaped cases.
The new Hermes Cape Cod Grandes Heures (refs. 036599WW00 & 036600WW00) offers a Swiss-made automatic movement with a nice complication module that regularly proves that tempus indeed fugit.
The automatic Hermes Arceau Temps Suspendu features a beautiful Time Suspended complication, is available in rose gold and steel and, what’s even more important, makes you want to rob a bank to get one. Isn’t it the acid test to detect a true work of art?
The French luxury brand will soon present its full-calendar Hermes Arceau Grande Lune with a simple, but nicely executed moon-phase complication.
The new Hermes Cape Cod Tonneau Bleu de Malte may be a nice choice for those looking for a branded gift from the legendary French haute couture brand that started 170 years ago as a saddle-maker and gradually became one of the most respected fashion houses that currently specializes in fine (and very expensive) leather goods, perfumery and, yes, watches. And it looks like they take this watchmaking business extremely seriously.