Apple Watch Hermès is Apple's first foray into direct fashion partnerships for the Apple Watch. It brings together the stainless steel and sapphire crystal Apple hardware with the luxury leather of Hermès into a combined collection of four unique pairings and a look that's both old world and cutting edge. If you're interested in Apple Watch Hermès, here's everything you need to know for the launch!
Hermès is a Paris-based fashion brand famed for its luxury leather. It was founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès who made high quality harnesses and bridles for the carriage market. Over the years the company expanded into accessories and clothing and went international. Today Hermès has over a dozen divisions, including perfume, tableware, and jewelry, and has retail outlets in some of the most fashionable cities in the world.
So, why Apple Watch Hermès?
Apple says they partnered with Hermès because of parallel thinking, singular vision, and mutual regard. After launching with the 18K yellow gold and rose gold Apple Watch Edition back in April, it was evident Apple wasn't constraining the product to traditional technology models and methods.
Apple Watch Hermès is the next stage of that thinking. For people who are are interesting in Apple Watch, and appreciate brands like Hermès, it's simply going to be the Apple Watch they want to get, same as someone into performance activity will gravitate towards and Apple Watch Sport.
What's different about the Apple Watch Hermès hardware?
The Apple Watch casing itself is the stainless steel model, almost identical to the current Apple Watch collection. The only difference is Hermès branding on the back.
What kind of bands are in the Hermès collection?
The Apple Watch Hermès collection has three bands styles and several colors, but the details vary by size:
The Hermès version of the classic buckle.
- 42mm: Fauvre (brown), Noir (black).
- 38mm Fauvre (brown), Noir (black), Capucine (red).
The classic buckle made long enough to wrap around twice.
- 38mm: Fauve (brown), Etain (gray), Capucine (red), and Bleu Jean (blue).
A nod to the equestrian heritage of Hermès, the cuff is almost as much bracer as band.
- 42mm: Fauve (brown).
Can I buy the Hermès bands separately?
Alas, no. Like Apple Watch Edition, they're currently only available with a watch as part of the collection.
Are there any software differences? Special clock faces?
Yes, but yes! The difference, like the Edition, is special clock faces designed by Apple based on Hermès branding. You get all the standard Apple Watch clock faces, of course, as well as the ones unique to Apple Watch Hermès.
How much does Apple Watch Hermès cost?
Apple Watch Hermès is at the highest end of the Apple Watch (steel) range, at least for now.
- Single Tour: $1100
- Double Tour: $1250
- Cuff: $1500
When does Apple Watch Hermès launch?
You can pick up an Apple Watch Hermès starting Monday, October 5, 2015 at select retail locations in select cities.
Retail only, no online?
No online, sadly. If you want an Apple Watch Hermès at launch you'll have to be in one of the launch cities or get a friend in one of those cities to pick it up on your behalf.
Which cities and what locations will have Apple Watch Hermès at launch?
Apple has announced the following cities and locations for Apple Watch Hermès:
- Apple Store, The Grove
- Apple Store, Third Street Promenade
- Hermès, North Rodeo Drive
- Maxfield, Melrose Avenue
- Apple Store, Aventura
- Apple Store, Lincoln Road
- Hermès (starting November 6)
- Apple Store, Fifth Avenue
- Apple Store, SoHo
- Apple Store, Upper East Side
- Apple Store, San Francisco
- Apple Store, Stanford
- Apple Store, Eaton Centre
- Apple Store, Yorkdale
- Apple Store, Kurfürstendamm
- The Corner Berlin
- Apple Store, Covent Garden
- Apple Store, Regent Street
- Apple Store, Selfridges
- Dover Street Market
- Hermès, New Bond Street
- Apple Store, Fiordaliso
- 10 Corso Como
- Apple Store, Rosenstrasse
- Apple Watch at Galeries Lafayette
- Apple Store, Opera
- Apple Store, Carrousel du Louvre
- Hermès, rue du Fbg St Honoré
- Hermès, rue de Sèvres
- Apple Store, Bahnhofstrasse
- Apple Store, Sanlitun
- Apple Store, China Central Mall
- Apple Store, Xidan Joy City
- Apple Store, MixC Chengdu
- Apple Store, West Lake
- Apple Store, MixC Hangzhou
- Apple Store, ifc mall
- Apple Store, Causeway Bay
- Apple Store, Canton Road
- Apple Store, Shinsaibashi
- Shinsegae, Boon The Shop
- Malmaison By The Hour Glass
- Apple Store, Nanjing East
- Apple Store, Pudong
- Apple Store, Shanghai iapm
- Apple Store, Sydney
- Apple Store, Bondi
- Apple Store, Omotesando
- Apple Store, Ginza
- Apple Watch at Isetan Shinjuku
- Dover Street Market Ginza
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