Designed by French architect and designer Marc Berthier, the new Carre H watch is an avant-garde addition to Hermes’ watch collection. Inside, the watch houses the Swiss automatic Sowind/Girard-Perregaux caliber GP3200 movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. The case, in titanium, measures 36.5mm x 36.5mm. The crystal is an AR-coated sapphire. Designed by French architect and designer Marc Berthier, the new Carre H watch is an avant-garde addition to Hermes’ watch collection. Inside, the watch houses the Swiss automatic Sowind/Girard-Perregaux caliber GP3200 movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. Well, the initial brief for the Carré H [in 2010] was very open. It was from Jean-Louis Dumas, the former CEO of Hermès, who has since passed away. He was just like, ‘What would an Hermès men’s watch be for you?’ The idea of the square wasn’t even there. It was supposed to be a chronograph. I’d never done a watch before, only architecture.
Since Henri d’Origny created the design for the Hermès Cape Cod in 1991, the watch has enjoyed instant recognition and popularity that continues to this day. Taking its inspiration from the popular summertime destination in Massachusetts, the original square inside a rectangle motif with the now iconic anchor chain link managed to be groundbreaking in a subtle way. And almost magically it eloquently captures the feel of the quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses and beaches of the seaside escape.
The design while showcasing a classic consistency also proved to be adaptable and flexible to changes in style over time. This year is no different as among the new models for men and women is the Cape Cod TGM Cadran laque, which showcases colorful dials and straps. The dials are lacquered in graded shades of brown or red and complemented with straps made of Ebony Barenia calfskin and Hermès red calfskin. The dials are further highlighted with raised rhodium-plated Arabic numerals, silvered transferred square minute track and rhodium-plated hands. The “très grand” steel square case measures 30mm by 30mm. of course the straps, whether the tradition wristband or the double-tour wrap-around, have the famous Hermès saddle stitching.
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