Apple Watch Hermès represents Apple's first foray into direct partnership with high fashion. It melds the highest technology of California with the classic leather work of Paris. The cuff, available only in 42mm and only in fauve (brown), was inspired by the equestrian saddle stylings of old, reimagined for the modern wrist.
The Apple Watch Hermès enjoys an exclusive clock face, one styled to match the Hermès brand. It's not a static face either, but one that can be customized with one of three special typefaces, levels of detail, and complications.
The cuff itself is also removable, so it's almost like getting two bands in one—the cuff and a single tour.
The leather is of the highest quality, the stitching is impeccable, and the buckle is gorgeous. It's the best of materials and design, of technology and fashion.
It's a luxury, an extravagance even. But it's also something different. Whether or not Apple pursues additional fashion partnerships, I like that they're experimenting. It makes things interesting.
The Apple Watch Hermès cuff is available at select Apple and Hermès retail stores.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.