HERMÈS – HEURE H
IT’S HEURE H TIME
The Heure H watch was designed for Hermès in 1996 by designer Philippe Mouquet and is a star in the Parisian brand’s collections. It has now been given a dash of lacquer to grab the limelight.
The agenda is pretty simple at Hermès: every design in the collections, be it leather goods, silk or watches, must have playful shapes and/or colours. We could have given “playful” a capital P just like the H for Hermès. The initial is very much part of the Parisian brand’s designs. It can be subtle like a secret signature on the bags or notebooks, obsessive when endlessly multiplied to turn into a tapestry covering silk ties or, sometimes, it becomes a piece in itself with its straight and sharp edges. The latter is how it is for the two new models in the Heure H collection.
The talented designer Philippe Mouquet has been working for Hermès since the 1980s and he’s turned the H’s silhouette into an easily recognisable watch case in two sizes: 26x26mm for the medium model (MM) and 21x21mm for the small one (PM). The vertical batons making up the famous initial have been hollowed out and filled with a layer of black or white lacquer. The original build topped by the H’s four feet extends to slip into the single or double strap.
The square dial with soft corners is also in black or white lacquer but this time translucent like opaque glass. The curvy Arabic hour numerals lie beneath a pair of silver spear-shape hands in the centre fuelled by a quartz movement.
The array of interchangeable single or double strap colours available in smooth or grained Barenia calfskin injects a dash of playful fun to the Heure H. As well as classic black or white, you can go for a cool (Maltese, electric or denim blue), warm (capucine red or orange) or vibrant colour (lime yellow).
Price: 2,650 CHF (PM single strap) – 2,950 CHF (MM double strap) hermes.com
By Sharmila Bertin