This Hermès family vacation photo is 100 years old. The brand was founded by Thierry Hermès in 1837. The four lively little girls in the picture are the fourth-generation heirs of the family and are also the gold of Emile Hermès. The second Jacuqeline Hermès from left is actually wearing a pocket watch, and the leather wristband is from Porte Oignon from Hermes Leather Workshop, which is the first watch in the history of Hermès.
This timepiece from 1912 can be said to be a masterpiece of brand watchmaking. The spiritual concept in it is still present in all of the brand’s works: first, it is related to Hermes’ equestrian world tradition and horses from 1837. The saddle manufacturing process is closely related; wearing it on the wrist can avoid the inconvenience of pulling out a pocket watch to watch the time when riding.
In addition, it highlights the superb leather craftsmanship of Hermès. The exquisite construction of the Porte Oignon leather wristband also reflects simple and practical innovative thinking. Hermès watches include superb leather-making technology and are designed with creativity, beauty and practicality in mind.
Leather is always the main material of Hermès, from saddles to clothing, from saddles to home furnishings. Looking at the details of the watch, there are no traces of the leather and leather sewing process passed down from the past 175 years. The superb leather processing technology makes the leather look shiny and pleasing to the eye; for the watchmaking industry, leather craftsmanship is also respected as well as carving and enamel craftsmanship.
In addition to aesthetic appreciation, the practical value of leather cannot be ignored. For example, the body and chain of the Miami watch, which appeared in 1935 in the picture, are all covered with leather, which not only protects but also makes it more comfortable to wear.
Hermes Watch Factory based in Biel, Switzerland, has added a leather strap manufacturing workshop since 2006, becoming the first watch manufacturer to make leather straps. The traditional craftsmanship of Hermes for making saddles, in addition to making exquisite straps for watches, also brings a lot of creative inspiration to the brand. For example, a leather clock is the best example.
Early Hermès watches were equipped with movements made by famous watchmakers such as Movado, Jaeger-leCoultre, Lip, Vacheron Constaintin, Audemars Piguet, Ulysse Nardin, etc .; since 2003, Hermes and Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, a well-known movement manufacturer with a long history, have allied themselves. , Began to design and develop the brand’s own dedicated movement.
In 2006, Hermès officially invested in Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (currently owning 25% equity) to further consolidate and strengthen its ability to manufacture movements. In fact, Hermès has always focused on the development and innovation of watchmaking technology.
The transparent caseback has appeared in Hermès watches in the 1930s: for example, the buttonhole pocket watch seen in the picture, the exquisite workmanship of the case-back perspective movement, and how to protect the crown has become a concern for brand design and development point