Hermes at JCK 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Hermes Arceau Chronograph Bridon

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Hermes Dressage Chronograph Blk Dial

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Hermes Dressage Chronograph Slvr Dial

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Hermes Cape Cod GMT Blue Dial

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Hermes Cape Cod GMT Slvr Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Blue Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Green Dial

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Hermes Clipper Sport Silver Dial

Hermes is the most iconic and acclaimed fashion house in the entire industry. They are a family owned company who started as saddle makers, and stand for tradition, class and distinction. They are probably one out of two fashion brands that I really respect in the watch industry, that manufacture their own watches.

At this JCK 2013, I was able to see the new collection in its entirety and it looks incredible. When I was in retail almost six years ago, I sold Hermes watches and I noticed they are a brand to look out for in the future, and after seeing what I saw this JCK 2013, my hunch was indeed correct.

The brand has progressed immensely with complications and design. I like that there are not too many models within the collection and yet there is enough variety within the core to make this a real watch brand. It also doesn’t hurt that Hermes has a 20% stake in the movement manufacturing company Vaucher. For those of you unfamiliar with Vaucher, they are a movement manufacturer owned  by complicated,well finished, and technical watch brand Parmigiani.  Needless to say, the quality is there in Hermes watches as the more complicated pieces use Vaucher movements.

When you take a look at the construction of the watches made by most of the fashion brands, they can look cheap and lack creativity. This is not the case with Hermes. Since Hermes is the most prestigious maison that fashion has to offer, they make sure that their watches uphold the same image and high quality standards as the rest of the products they manufacture.

My favorite watch in the Hermes collection which embodies the brands identity and yet is a serious watch, is the Arceau Chronograph Bridon in stainless steel. This watch couldn’t be cleaner for a chronograph. A lot chronograph watches are so crowded and incredibly cluttered that you can’t read the dial because it’s so distracting and confusing. The Hermes Chronograph Bridon incorporates a silvered dial, with jet black whimsically scripted Arabic Numerals around the edge of the dial, while leaving plenty of room for a three registered chronograph subdials with Hermes orange hands. This subtle nuance and pop of color makes this watch completely distinctive and iconic from the rest of the collection. Hermes truly pays homage to their roots as a saddle maker  with their stirrup-shaped asymmetric lugs, their strap, inspired by riding bridles, made out of historic bridle leather is a very strong and durable material.  The small leather bit known as a bradoon reinforces the strap attachment to the case with distinctive saddle stitching, which shows off Hermes expertise and attention to detail as a saddle-maker.

With a creative collection like the Hermes Arceau Chronograph Bridon, there is no doubt in my mind that Hermes is slowly making strides in becoming a serious player in the luxury watch market.

Technical Specs for the Hermes Arceau Bridon

Chrono Bridon
Round, 43 mm in diameter
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Water resistance
5 atm
. Type
Mechanical self-winding
movement, crafted in Switzerland
. Diameter
28.2 mm (12 ½’’’)
. Thickness
6.1 mm
. Power Reserve
42 hours
. Jewelling
37 jewels
. Frequency
28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
. Time functions
Hours, minutes,
seconds at 3 o’clock, date
. Chrono. functions
60-seconds counter by central hand
30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock,
12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
Matt white, dark-brown transfer
Dark blue, light-grey transfer
bony, etoupe transfer
22 mm
17 mm safety folding clasp in steel
Matt white dial:
Natural bridle leather with bradoon
at 12 o’clock
Dark blue dial:
Smooth indigo blue calf with bradoon
at 12 o’clock
bony dial:
bony Barenia calf strap with bradoon
at 12 o’clock