Hermès has extended its H08 line this year with the introduction of new colors to the base model, crafted from composite case material as well as a monopusher chronograph. As a luxury design house, Hermès stands apart from the traditional Swiss watchmaking culture with its history as a luxury design house known for its leatherwork and equestrian heritage. Despite this, the brand has recently made significant strides in the watchmaking industry with the incorporation of Vaucher movements and a range of successful designs, establishing its legitimacy in the field. The brand’s design language is evident in its new H08 Chronograph, with special attention on texture contrasts within the dial.

On the exterior, the H08 Chronograph sports a cushion-shaped carbon and graphene case. With a moderate diameter of 41mm, the watch still wears comfortably on most wrists, despite it having been upsized from previous models in the collection. The bezel is made from titanium, offering a sleek metallic contrast to the otherwise matte black case. On the reverse, an exhibition caseback displays a preview of the mechanism ticking within.

The enlarged dimensions of the H08 Chronograph allow for a symmetrical dial layout characterized by two sub-dials at 9 and 3 o’clock. Creating contrast against the smooth dark gray dial, the sub-dials have a distinct grainy texture, as does a track rounding the inside edge of the indices. The Arabic numeral hour markers have a bright white hue, while the remainder of the dial is alive by vibrant orange details. Between the contrasting textures and dark gray, the H08 Chronograph has a distinctly industrial feel, softened slightly by its sporty orange detailing.

Powering the chronograph is the 193-component Hermès H1837 caliber. It is a mechanical self-winding movement offering a power reserve of 46 hours.

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