Hermès was established in Paris in 1837 and started crafting saddles and harnesses for horses before diversifying into other leather goods and luxury items. The Maison first started making watch straps in the 1920s, which was shortly followed by watches. La Montre Hermès SA was founded in the city of Bienne in 1978 to develop an entire collection of Hermès watches.
Today, Hermès Horloger is composed of Les Ateliers de La Montre Hermès in Brügg, where the Maison makes its own leather straps, and Les Ateliers d’Hermès Horloger in Noirmont in the Swiss Jura, where the cases and dials are crafted. Hermès has a large selection of watches from beautifully elegant quartz watches to the most sophisticated mechanical complications.
Five interesting facts about Hermès
- The brand’s logo depicts a horse and carriage, a nod to where it all started with the production of high-end harnesses and saddles.
- Hermès has always been a family business. Today its current Executive Chairman, Axel Dumas, is the sixth generation of the Hermès family. His cousin, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, is the artistic director of Hermès and family member, Guillaume de Seynes, is Managing Director Manufacturing Division & Equity Investments.
- For over ten years Hermès has also been creating its own watch movements.
- In 2006 Hermès acquired a stake in the Vaucher Manufacture.
- Hermès was one of the first luxury brands to believe in e-commerce, opening its online shop in 2001.
Brand ID Card
Company status: Public limited company of the Hermès group
Senior Management : Laurent Dordet, CEO
Number of employees: Around 300
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Retail prices in USD: From USD 2,400 to several hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars for exceptional pieces
Annual production: Undisclosed