The Hermès Apple Watch 5 is one of those limited time only deals. Available in either a silver or blacked-out steel case, it differs from the highest price Apple Watch Series 5 in one key way: a Swift leather band. Here’s a closer look at Hermès band on the run [via baghunter.com]:
Formerly known as Gulliver leather until it was discontinued in 1999, this wonderful leather was reintroduced to the market in 2005 under the new name Swift.
The leather features a fine grain which is incredibly soft to touch and has the ability to reflect light while absorbing dye [creating brighter colors] like few other leathers on the market.
The only drawback is that it is prone to scratches, however, small scratches are easily removed by a gentle swipe of your fingers.
Swipe the phone, swipe your fingers. Sounds like a plan. An expensive plan. Le montre intelligente d’Hermès runs $1249 to $1499, depending on your choice of band. Here’s the top-of-the-line Hermès Apple Watch strap:
Hermès Apple Watch 5 straps come in either “Single Tour” (standard length) or “Double Tour” (an extra-long version that wraps around the wrist twice). You can order your Bulgari Surpenti-style Double Tour Apple Watch 5 strap in a range of solid shades or a combination of solid color and a printed motif taken from the Hermes “Della Cavalleria” scarf (above).
Sans nul doute, the Hermès straps will be buttery soft, perfectly dyed and stitched better than Lilo. It’s too bad political correctness prevents Hermès from offering their Apple strap in one of their magnificent animal skins: alligator, crocodile, lizard and ostrich.
Buyers who opt for the silver steel case can console themselves with the “free” second orange sports band.
You may have noticed the Hermès-specific Apple Series 5 Watch face. Yes, well, @jingwatch offers a Hermès face for any smartwatch, and a lot more.
I’ve said it before: smartwatches are an existential threat to traditional watchmakers. Is the Hermès brand waving the white flag for in-house horology with their Apple collaboration? Not at all. Well, not much. But the danger to that business isn’t going away. At all. Ever.
[BCBG is French slang for beau cadre, bon goût. Good class, good taste]