In the pocket

In 1912, Jacqueline Hermès, a child at the time, received as a gift from her father an unusual pocket watch with a leather holder to be worn on the wrist. It was designed so the young horsewoman could ride without having to attach her watch to her clothing or slip it into her pocket. In particular, the leather strap was designed to snugly wrap around the watch for complete protection.


Jacqueline Hermès (2nd from left) wearing her watch (Click to enlarge).

Turning back the clock, but with a modern twist, has become the trend of the luxury houses to woo discerning clients these days. In 2012, Hermès had launched  “In The Pocket”, based on the design of the watch received by Jacqueline Hermès in 1912 as a gift from her father. It was an unusual pocket watch with a leather holder to be worn on the wrist. The French maison of luxury goods has now issued a second piece in the series with a rose gold watch clad in an alligator exterior.

Hermes 2012 inthepocket2

A tribute to the first watch created by Hermes in 1912, a gift of its founder to his daugther Jacqueline Hermes. Here the 2012 Limited Edition of 24 pieces, in Palledium (Click photo to enlarge).

The rose gold case of the new In The Pocket watch contains a silver dial with baton-type hands that sweep over pared-down numerals. A small seconds subdial is located at 3 o’clock. Powered by an in-house H1837 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, the watch’s oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s signature “sprinkling of Hs” motif.


As with the original, the new watch is designed to be worn as a traditional pocket watch or a wristwatch, the latest limited edition (Click photo to enlarge).

The strap is composed of two longer and shorter sections: the plain strap end and the buckle strap end, hand crafted in the leather-making workshops of La Montre Hermès in Switzerland. These two parts are composed of three layers of leather: alligator; cow leather for sturdiness; and a Zermatt calfskin lining.

The latest 178-piece limited edition watch is also designed to be worn as a traditional pocket watch or a wristwatch in true Hermès style!

by Jean Amr

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