Man­ning Up

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The name Henri d’origny might not mean much to you but he means the world to Her­mès. He is af­ter all the man who broke con­ven­tion in 1949 when he de­cided your choice of neck­tie need not be con­strained to ei­ther polka dots or club stripes, de­sign­ing Her­mès first ever ties with lit­tle doo­dles in a kalei­do­scope of colour com­bi­na­tions. He was also the one who came up the idea of cre­at­ing an an­nual col­lec­tion of tie prints that should be re­tired at the end of each year, which is some­thing the French lux­ury good gi­ant con­tin­ues to do. He was then pro­moted to the po­si­tion of Artis­tic Di­rec­tor and in 1991 sketched the Cape Cod watch, de­vel­op­ing it around the sim­ple phi­los­o­phy of plac­ing a square in­side a rec­tan­gle. This time­piece has of course be­come a sig­na­ture for the brand. For 2017, (a year on from the 25th an­niver­sary fes­tiv­i­ties of Her­mès’ Cape Cod, at which the 83-year-old d’origny was in at­ten­dance), the model has been given a TGM (Très Grand Modèle) adap­tion specif­i­cally for men. In ad­di­tion to some quartz ver­sions, there’s a de­sir­able au­to­matic boast­ing a man­u­fac­ture move­ment by Vaucher (which is 25 per cent owned by Her­mès and 75 per cent owned by the San­doz fam­ily, who also own Parmi­giani). As you’d ex­pect from a brand known for its fine leathers, there are a tonne of straps avail­able in both a tra­di­tional wrist­band or a dou­ble-tour wrap-around, but all come with the fa­mous Her­mès sad­dle stitch­ing. Although pric­ing for the quartz mod­els varies be­tween 3,175 to 4,000 USD (de­pend­ing on strap and dial op­tions), all dial vari­ants of the Her­mès Cape Cod TGM Man­u­fac­ture re­tail for 6,200 USD when paired with the al­li­ga­tor leather strap, but the opa­line sil­vered dial ver­sion with nat­u­ral Bare­nia calf leather is an ex­cep­tion, priced at 5,950 USD.

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