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Hermès Horloger - Swiss watch manufacture

Hermès has always maintained a strong relationship with time through its objects, its heritage and its craftsmen’s work. The first timepieces date back to the 1920s, when the company offered watches in the 24 Faubourg St-Honoré store in collaboration with renowned Swiss manufacturers.

In 1978, Robert Dumas’ son, Jean-Louis Dumas, took over the reins of Hermès and gently revolutionised the company. Visionary, curious about everything and all cultures, he orchestrated the development of new métiers and conquered new markets worldwide with audacity and imagination. Faithful to its artisanal model and entrepreneurial spirit, the Maison creates objects based on unique craftsmanship, such as watchmaking. Hermès began its integration strategy in 2006 with the purchase of a 25% stake in Vaucher Manufacturer Fleurier (movements). That same year, the leather workshop was inaugurated in La Montre Hermès S.A. site in Brügg, joining the assembly workshop previously established in 1978.

Since then, Hermès Horloger has acquired two historical partners, Natéber (dials) and Joseph Erard (cases) in 2012 and 2013 respectively, to create Les Ateliers d’Hermès Horloger in 2017 in Le Noirmont. Today, Hermès Horloger is a fully-fledged watch manufacturer with all skills mastered in-house and 100% Swiss production, while remaining faithful to the strong values of the company and its authenticity.

Hermès H08 Rose Gold and Titanium

Hermès creates objects. Objects shaped by the hands of artisans to make them faithful companions for those who wear them. Practical, functional, and stemming from uncompromising expertise, they radiate the lightness of the unexpected. They make everyday life their playground, and each instant a uniquely special moment. For Hermès, time is also an object. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation.

  • The power to suspend time with Arceau Le temps suspendu.
  • Looking forward to an upcoming moment with Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente.
  • Revealing the hidden cycle of the moon seen from both hemispheres with Arceau L’heure de la lune.
  • Travelling the world with Arceau Le temps voyageur.

History of Hermès

Thierry Hermès, a harness-maker and saddler, opens a workshop in Paris. Creation of Hermès maison
First step in watchmaking: Jacqueline Hermès is photographed wearing a “porte-oignon” bracelet strap crafted by her father Émile Hermès
Introduction of the Ermeto watch, the first watch bearing the Hermès signature is presented at 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré
1920-1960 - For over 40 years, Hermès creates “guardians of time” in cooperation with the greatest names in Swiss watchmaking
Creation of La Montre Hermès S.A. in Bienne, Switzerland, by Jean-Louis Dumas.
Hermès launches the Arceau collection
Beginning of vertical integration strategy, acquisition of 25% stake of Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier
Establishment of the leather strap in La Montre Hermès site
Launch of Arceau Le temps suspendu, GPHG Men’s watch prize awarded timepiece
Introduction of first Manufacture calibers H1837 & H1912
Acquisition of historical partner Natéber: dials are made in-house
Acquisition of historical partner Joseph Erard: cases are made in-house
Axel Dumas, 6th generation of the Hermès family, becomes CEO of Hermès Group
Creation of the Slim d’Hermès line & extra-thin Hermès Manufacture movement H1950
GPHG Calendar Watch prize awards to the Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar
Inauguration of Les Ateliers d’Hermès Horloger Manufacture in Le Noirmont (cases & dials)
Arceau Robe du soir receives the GPHG prize in Métier d’Art category
GPHG Calendar & Astronomy prize awards the Arceau L’heure de la Lune
Introduction of the Hermès H08 collection
Launch of the Arceau Le temps Voyageur
Arceau Le temps Voyageur twice awarded at the GPHG