Haute heirloom: Hermès In The Pocket Alligator

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Haute heirloom: Hermès In The Pocket Alligator
Reviving an heirloom from their horological archives, the French luxury brand is crafting a new legacy timepiece

Combining its love of horses and expertise in watchmaking, Hermès reached into its archives to recreate a legacy timepiece. In 1912, Jacqueline Hermès received a gift from her father in the shape of an ingenious porte-oignon, or pocket-watch holder, designed to be secured to the wrist when the young horsewoman rode. Fast forward to the present, and the French luxury house has given it a new lease of life as the 'In The Pocket' watch.

This year, the iconic watch returns in an elegant rose gold iteration, along with a gorgeous alligator leather exterior. Each exterior case is handcrafted from three layers of leather: Alligator, an inner cow grain leather reinforcement, and a Zermatt calfskin lining to ensure maximum protection and sturdiness against the elements. The watch itself runs on a self-winding mechanism in keeping with horological traditions and features a a circular-grained and snailed mainplate, while its oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s signature 'sprinkling of Hs' motif. With a limited run of 178 pieces, this is an heirloom piece that is truly fit for the ages.

Text: Pakkee Tan

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