When somebody asks you for the time, do you reach for your cell phone? Stop. Just stop. It’s way more stylish, especially now, to look to your wrist.
We’re trying to make it easy for your to do the chic time check with an exclusive Hermès Watch Event for the next few weeks with 0ver 40% off like-new offerings.
We saw first hand last fall how these timepieces are meticulously assembled by hand at the Festival des Métiers in New York.
Each style translates the striking design that Hermès is known for and adds the technology of precision watchmaking. You’ll find the same leathers and luxurious details you’d expect from the French design huse.
Here’s a guide to some of Hermès watches styles:
H Hour: It’s hard to miss that emblematic “H” for Hermès. Since 1996, this minimalist graphic approach is balanced with a simple sundial-like dial.
Cape Cod: A solitary anchor chain inspired this homage to the peninsula of Cape Cod. Henri d’Origny created this watch in 1991 with the coastline on his mind.
The elegant, speedy 19th-century sailing ship inspired this sports watch with its six rivet-bezel taking cues from the ship’s portholes.
Shop the event here
and read on for information about some other classic Hermès watches.
This Santos de Cartier watch might possibly be our favorite watch design. So much so that we borrowed the wrist of an office mate to show that it looks amazing on men (above) and women (below, on Tracey, our in-house watch and jewelry authority).
A watch this classic is truly timeless. In this case, the Santos is already more than 100 years old. It was originally designed in 1904 by Louis Cartier in honor of Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont so that the pilot could tell time while he was flying. It’s easily recognizable for its rounded dial and the exposed screws.
Shop all Cartier Santos watches here.
If you’re going to lose an hour this weekend, why not do it in style? We’ve been obsessing on Pinterest about chic combination of Rolex watches and bracelets, so we’re adding one more. This one is a vintage Rolex stainless steel oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic watch from 1971. It’s technically a men’s watch, we love making it feminized with a single bangle and showing that you don’t need to save your Rolex for special occasions.
You might want to check out more of Tracey’s ideas on how to mix up your arm candy here.
After spending a few hours mesmerized by Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at the Museum of Modern Art, it might be time for a new watch.
Artist Christian Marclay won the best artist at the 2011 Venice Biennale with the film that represents each second of 24 hours with footage from more than a thousand clips. It is shown in real time, so that when you’re there at 3:45 p.m. (as we were), you’re seeing snippets referring to 3:45 p.m. and a clock in the background or on a character.
They’re cleverly edited together to create an experience that is unexpectedly riveting. You quickly get caught up in the game of name that star and name that movie. But you’re also struck by our obsession with time. As you’re literally watching time pass, it’s so weirdly compelling that you want to know what happens next despite the fact that there is no narrative. When we had to leave for dinner reservations as those on screen were eating their dinner, we plan to definitely make more time to see it when it is next shown.
Hopefully soon, because time flies.
We literally can’t say “Skyfall” without humming some of Adele’s theme song and we can’t think about James Bond without conjuring images of shaken-not-stirred martinis and gadgets, right down to 007′s wristwatch.
Since Pierce Brosnan in “Goldeneye,” the super-spy has worn an Omega — a Seasmaster such as this limited edition watch , which commemorated the 40th anniversary in 2002. Daniel Craig has sported Omegas in his trio of Bond films.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bond, Omega has issued a limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M with only 5,007 available.
Of course die-hard fans may want to go old school…
Birthdays on “Breaking Bad” are very important. On his 50th birthday, Walter White discovers he has lung cancer. Then on his 52nd birthday, he’s on the run with his go-bag. In between, he turns 51 and the only gift he receives with any meaning is a Tag Heuer Monaco, as identified by our director of watches and jewelry.
The show has featured the second hand ticking more than once – yes, we get it, time is literally running out for Walt. He’s not the first famous character to be associated with this classic timepiece…
Roger Federer has style — on and off the court.
He recently won his seventh Wimbledon Championship and did so wearing a vintage Rolex Daytona, circa 1981, his birth year.
The Daytona is a very distinctive mechanical chronograph that has been manufactured since the early 1960s. The current models are self-winding.
We have a wide range of newer models, including the two-tone version pictured here. All of the Daytonas are highly collectible and easily recognizable, even though most wearers don’t actually use the three chronographs.
As the name implies, it was designed for race car drivers. With Federer’s speed and right-handed one-handed backhand, it makes perfect sense.
As huge (okay, obsessive) fans of Hypebeast, we stumbled across their recent guide to buying pre-owned Rolex watches. Man or woman, we love an everyday classic watch such as this Rolex Submariner 14060.
Here’s what Hypebeast had to say:
“Featuring a large 40mm case, the no-date version boasts a simple face and is water resistant up to 300 meters. As you’d assume, the Submariner is intended to be a divers watch thanks to its extreme resilience against the elements. The Submariner watch face is arguably the most recognized and replicated watch designs in the world.”
Classic, sporty and authentic. We say, it’s time for a plunge.
Naming a watch after the slowest animal in the world? Cartier was not afraid.
In 1912, the watchmaker introduced the Tortue. Translation: Tortoise. This 18k gold Tortue really seems to play off of the creature’s sleek shell. It’s rounded elegance has really endured in the century since it debuted. (Insert your favorite “stands the test of time” cliche here.)
Initially created for women, it would make for a great Mother’s Day present for a mom who keeps everyone on time — stylishly.
The fashion weeks for fall are almost over and the style set has been playing close attention to Baselworld. The annual event in Switzerland (Basel, of course) is where watch and jewelry companies release their latest designs. Collectors can’t wait to see what is new and next.
For Rolex connoisseurs, that means the introduction of the Sky Dweller — an aviator version of the classic Sea Dweller dive watch. For those who might spend more time on earth, they also introduced a new version of the Datejust II. It was introduced in 1945 as the first wristwatch that also displayed the date and has been worn on the arms of Michael Jordan, Khloe Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Minka Kelly and Bono. See the latest version here and Portero’s latest selection, including vintage here.
A favorite pictured (below), is the Datejust Steel Watch 16200 with it’s elegant, clean lines.