Hermès Carré H Desgined By Marc Berthier

The famous designer puts a new spin on his 2010 creation.

Quick Take

The Carré H is an usual square watch that has been a part of Hermès’s collection since 2010, when furniture designer Marc Berthier first created it for the company. It has a slightly curved profile that both helps it sit close to the wrist and balances it out visually. These two new models of the Carré H maintain the basic shape, though it’s been upsized to 38mm x 38mm (from 36.5mm x 36.5mm) and the grey and black dials feature cross hatch guilloché in the center that plays with the light in a really interesting way. Little pops of color on the seconds hands add some additional levity and the overall effect is at once precise and playful.

Why This Watch Matters

Hermès has a long history of working with outside designers to create really special products (including this incredible Atmos clock designed with Jaeger-LeCoultre and this pen by Marc Newson). Berthier is a truly world-class designer, having created products with the likes of Knoll, Ligne Roset, and Thonet, not to mention having his work in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York City. One of the signatures for this watch is the numerals, all of which are two digits, in a typeface unique to this watch.

Initial Thoughts

I’m a fan of Berthier and am familiar with his work outside this watch – if you are too, you’re probably going to be into this watch. It’s studied, but doesn’t take itself too seriously, which, for me, is when Hermès is at its very best. It’s a tough line to walk, and almost nobody does it better than the Parisian luxury house. My only real complaint here is the size of the watch. While 38mm is an excellent diameter for a round watch, 38mm square is rather large, and the Carré H isn’t overly slim either. I really like the design of the dial in both colors, but for me it would work better in the original 36.5mm x 36.5mm size better.

The Basics

Brand: Hermeès
Model: Carré H
Reference Number:
Dimensions 38mm x 38mm
Thickness:
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Dark grey or Black
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Lume: White Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Natural or black Barénia calfskin strap with steel pin buckle

The Movement

Caliber: In-House Caliber H1912
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Diameter: 23.3mm (10 1/2 lignes)
Thickness: 3.7mm
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,8000 vph)
Jewels: 28
Additional Details: Plates, bridges, and rotor feature signature „H“ pattern

Pricing & Availability

Price: $7,725
Availability: TBD

Source: HODINKEE

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