MATERIAL AND COLOR
The sporty-chic model in the Parisian house’s latest collection is forever judiciously changing. A one-of-a-kind material and scenography infuse it with a summery personality.
The stylistic variations unveiled during the Watches & Wonders Geneva show pursue the distinct lines of the H08 watch presented by Hermès in 2021, imagined through the inspirational design of Philippe Delhotal, Creation and Style Director of Hermès Horloger, yet give the range a big boost of energy. The pared-down, geometric composition is now set off by discreet, though effective, dashes of color. The direct-drive and indexes adorn a choice of solar yellow, summertime blue, forest green or even vitamin-charged orange. The hue that enhances the textured black dial is reiterated on the rubber strap. And, the ensemble literally jazzes up the timepiece’s style.
The manufacture also proposes a new case with these variations. This protective element, still cushion- and square-shaped, is now crafted in a novel aluminized fiberglass-based fabric and graphene powder. This incomparable alloy endows the 39 mm case with a pretty unusual pattern flaunting a host of shades of gray. The texture of the black ceramic bezel adds an extra something to the rather unique, elegant look of the watch. The time data is still accurately driven by the in-house H1837 caliber, finalized by Vaucher. This selfwinding movement delivers a power reserve of some 45 hours to this reference. The sapphire-crystal caseback invites to admire the mechanism’s finishes and, in particular, the oscillating weight. With these H08 newcomers, Hermès adds an eye-catching extension to its offbeat vision of staging time.