Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Hermès Cape Cod
Born from the singular vision of Henri d’Origny, who invented it in 1991 by sketching a square inside a rectangle, Cape Cod consistently adapts to the mood of the times, expressing creative abundance through fascinating interpretations of the original design. The new masculine models are also presented with a distinct infusion of watchmaking expertise, in turn featuring a movement, a case or a dial made in the ateliers of the Maison – and all enhanced by the signature Hermès fine leather craftsmanship.
Blue, anthracite or black: the Cape Cod dial appears in new shades that are echoed in an indigo blue, graphite matt or black matt alligator strap. At the heart of these subtle visual orchestrations, time is steadily marked off to the rhythm of a watch mechanism created by Hermès: the Manufacture H1912 movement.
Cape Cod TGM Manufacture
This year, the dials are also attired in lacquer, as Cape Cod sets the stage for subtly graded shades of red and brown, creating reflections that shimmer delicately across the surface.
Cape Cod TGM Cadran laque
From cutting to the final burnishing, as well as the famous “saddle stitching”, the same meticulous operations are tirelessly repeated in the Hermès workshops. This hand-crafted expertise enables the Maison to offer unusual approaches: a wristband formed from a traditional strap merged into a cuff strap and made in alligator or Barénia calfskin; or a two-tone smooth calfskin strap combining Malta blue with Hermès red or étoupe.
Encapsulating a vision of time threaded with elegance and originality, Cape Cod continues to distil its singular style, inspired as ever by the anchor-chain link.
Cape Cod TGM Manufacture
Type: Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement
Diameter: 23.9 mm (10 ½’’’)
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Jewelling: 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4 Hz
Decoration: Circular-grained and snailed mainplate. Bridges and oscillating weight satin-brushed and adorned with the signature ‘sprinkling of Hs”
Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 6 o’clock
Shape/dimensions: Rectangular, 33 x 33 mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water resistance 3 bar
Blue, black, anthracite or opaline silvered
Raised rhodium-coated Arabic numerals
Silvered square transferred minutes scale
Stamped central decor
Matt graphite alligator (anthracite dial)
Matt black alligator (black dial)
Matt indigo aligator (blue dial)
Natural Barenia calf leather (silvered dial)
Buckle: Steel 17 mm folding clasp