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.