Revealing precious and distinctive facets of its personality, new Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre Large Model (GM) and Small Models (PM), “A square within a rectangle” rose-gold case (29 x 29 mm) set with 52 diamonds, steel or rose-gold case (23 x 23 mm) set with 46 diamonds, obsidian dial with “Anchor Chains” set with 181 diamonds, obsidian or lacquered, gilded and sand-blasted dial set with 96 diamonds, quartz movement, single- or double-tour alligator strap.
In 1991, the Cape Cod watch was born under the bold pencil strokes of Henri d’Origny. The designer was supposed to make it a square watch. His creative freedom decided that it would be «a square in a rectangle». Both impertinent and rigorous, the Cape Cod overturns codes and freely connects styles. Its original case is composed of two «anchor chain» half links, a motif created by Robert Dumas in 1938. The motif inspired by a boat chain is anchored on the dials of the Hermès Cape Cod and reveals a plurality of fanciful touches.
This year, the Cape Cod is once again transformed: shimmering with diamonds and carved in obsidian stone – a grey vitreous volcanic rock – or sandblasted, gilded and lacquered, its distinctive graphic shape plays with materials and textures. Hovering between contrast and harmony, a first Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre features a precious rose gold case set with 52 diamonds, framing an obsidian dial stands out, illuminated by interlaced links set with 181 diamonds.
A second, smaller model matches the tone of its gemset steel case with the anthracite shades of the volcanic dial and gemset anchor chains. Finally, a third similarly small-sized rose gold version set with 46 diamonds is distinguished by its sand-blasted gold dial adorned with gemset anchor chains. Paired with a single- or double-tour strap in Chantilly-coloured or pearl grey alligator, crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops, these new Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre models display hours and minutes, swept over by slender gold or rhodium-plated hands.
Prices: Large Model (GM): from USD 18,325; Small Model (PM): from USD 9,224