The link between Hermès and watchmaking goes back over a century and has been expressed over the decades in countless different ingenious, elegant and unique ways.
marked the start of this longstanding history. A photo in the company archives shows Emile Hermès’ four daughters including Jacqueline, who is wearing on her wrist a pocket-watch for which her father had a special strap made by the in-house saddle-making and leather craftsmen.
the historical Hermès store at 24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris opened up to the field of watchmaking by offering the first timepieces bearing the Hermès signature, equipped at the time with mechanisms from the greatest Swiss watch brands.
50 YEARS LATER, IN 1978,
the company set up the watchmaking division of La Montre Hermès in Bienne (Brügg), at the very heart of the Swiss watch industry. Since them, it has developed its collections while progressively integrating horological skills.
with the launch of the Dressage watch equipped with a movement from the Manufacture Vaucher, La Montre Hermès has been actively involved in developing and producing its own movements.
it set up a workshop specially dedicated to the making of leather straps. The quest for excellence is the driving principle behind the Maison Hermès, particularly in the field of watchmaking where it has been consistently surrounding itself over the past century with the finest artisans. Particularly close partnerships have been created and strengthened in recent years. To secure and ensure the longevity of its supply of essential components, La Montre Hermès has acquired a financial stake in Vaucher Manufacture in Fleurier (movements), as well as buying up Natéber SA in La Chaux-de-Fonds (dials)and Joseph Erard SA in Le Noirmont (cases).