Unique Crafts

Robb Report Singapore - - Time -

Metiers d’arts in lux­ury watch­mak­ing has now be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture within many of the in­dus­try’s top brands but there is one par­tic­u­lar mai­son that’s con­stantly find­ing fresh and mod­ern ways to in­ter­pret these age-old crafts: Her­mes. Says its creative di­rec­tor, Philippe Del­ho­tel: “Our goal is not to keep find­ing new tech­niques to in­tro­duce. Rather, it is to bring some­thing dif­fer­ent and unique to our cus­tomers. All the big brands to­day do enamel, but we dif­fer­en­ti­ate our­selves with cre­ativ­ity, colour, pat­terns and so on. We bring a unique brand of sim­plic­ity to our prod­ucts.”

Some of Her­mes’s lat­est artis­tic cre­ations in­clude the Arceau Cavales and Slim d’Her­mes Les Ze­bres de Tan­zanie. These watches work with Her­mes’s favourite themes, horses and nat­u­ral­ist scenes, and in­tro­duce to col­lec­tors the art of leather mar­quetry, which is a new form of hand­craft never be­fore seen in the works of other haute hor­logerie man­u­fac­tures – and with good rea­son. “We don’t have a patent on leather mar­quetry but it’s such an ob­vi­ous sig­na­ture of Her­mes that if other watch brands want to at­tempt it, we’ll bid them good luck, for what in­ter­est would they have in us­ing leather? It’s not their en­vi­ron­ment at all, it’s not in their DNA,” Del­ho­tal elab­o­rates.

Leather mar­quetry has al­ready been done on Her­mes home ob­jects and about a year and a half ago, Del­ho­tal de­cided to bring this savoir faire into the time­piece di­vi­sion. Laser-cut leather pieces in an ar­ray of colours and shapes form a pic­ture

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