Hermès Heure H Lacquer Watches and Interchangeable Straps

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Addition to the H Family

Hermès [click] is thrilled to introduce the newest addition to the Heure H family.

This classic Hermès style, originally designed in 1996 by designer Philippe Mouquet, is more than just a watch. It transcends mere timekeeping, which it indubitably does very well with a Swiss-made quartz movement. It is now a signature line that retains the original design brief for energy, dynamism and freshness.

Heure H medium white lacquer case with black double tour strap

At the time, a unique idea captured the hearts of onlookers; that of capturing time inside a letter — H.

Now, they hope to recapture your hearts again with new black and white lacquered cases, lacquer dials and eight vibrant, interchangeable strap colours.

Heure H medium black lacquer case with black double tour strap

Revel in the colours and surface finishes available:

Black Barénia calfskin, grained White calfskin, Maltese Blue grained calfskin, smooth Capucine Red calfskin, smooth Orange calfskin, smooth Lime calfskin, smooth Denim Blue calfskin, smooth Electric Blue calfskin.

The collection, available as small 21mm square or medium 26mm square lacquered cases, will debut in stores this summer and retail for $3,000 – $3,250.


What lies beneath

The familiarity of a bold and joyful companion has been the selling point of the Heure H. And now, the capital H is filled with black or white lacquer. The final lacquer layer is translucent to enhance the pigments beneath.

The distinctive motif is immediately recognised as the Heure H catalyses the interaction of stylistic rigour with technical discipline and creative spontaneity. They call it “The beauty of paradox.”

There are eight strap colours to alternate the starkness of black or white with the vibrancy of red, yellow, green, orange and blue…

Heure H medium black lacquer case with black single tour strap

The interchangeable strap to suit the wearer’s mood, wish or desire, is available in two versions: the Simple Tour (once round the wrist) and the Double Tour (twice-round) – a Hermès emblem invented by Martin Margiela.

The double strap has been adopted by other brands but ultimately works best with the ‘H’ interhorns.

Hermes double tour strap


French Design and Swiss Execution

Heure H medium white lacquer case with electric blue double tour strap

The lacquered Heure H is available in two sizes: medium and small. Steel cases, dials and straps are finely crafted at the Hermès watchmaking workshops in Switzerland.

Heure H medium white lacquer case with lime green double tour strap

The square 26 × 26 mm (medium) or 21 × 21 mm (small) cases with 20 mm (medium) or 16mm (small) inter-horn width are lacquered in black or white.  Their sapphire crystals with anti-glare treatment afford a water resistance to 3 bar of pressure; that means hand washing is fine but don’t go diving into a swimming pool!

Heure H medium white lacquer case with red double tour strap


Beauty of Paradox

At Hermès, the “beauty of paradox” takes on various manifestations.

First, as objects shaped by artisans to make them true companions for those who wear them. They are meant to radiate the lightness of the unexpected and make everyday life a playground, and each instant a unique special moment.

Heure H small white lacquer case with blue jeans double tour strap


Heure H small white lacquer case with malta blue double tour strap


Heure H small white lacquer case with white double tour strap


Heure H small white lacquer case with orange double tour strap

Secondly, at Hermès, time is also an object. Rather than measuring and seeking to control it, Hermès transports you to another place; to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for recreation. “Playing with Time”. Check out a more complicated Hermès watch previously reported on AlphaLuxe that strains at the Leash of Eagerness.

This playfulness is also made possible by the Heure H, creating an intensely personal time: “Heure H Time” !


Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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