The New Hermes Cape Cod Martelée (Price, Pictures and Specifications)
In 1991, the Hermes Cape Cod was born from the unfettered pencil strokes of Henri d’Origny, who was originally supposed to draw a square watch. His creative freedom decided otherwise: it would be “a square within a rectangle”.
As boldly original as it is rigorously disciplined, the Hermes Cape Cod is composed of two Chaîne d’ancre half-links, the famous motif created by Robert Dumas in 1938 and inspired by ships’ anchor chains.
A timeless icon, the Hermes Cape Cod is perpetually transformed and lays itself open to all kinds of whimsical interpretations (please read more about here or here). Today, this ever-evolving classic lends its finely balanced shapes to the excellent jewellers skill known as hammering.
This complex and sophisticated technique enhances the steel case with a unique patina-type effect. The likewise hammered dial is coated with a thin layer of translucent lacquer, in graded shades ranging from anthracite to black.
The raw yet crafted material, with all its depth and roughness, results in an object with an entirely unexpected look. Finally, the Hermes Cape Cod Martelée combines its off-beat temperament with an understated black calf strap in single or double tour versions.
Hermes Cape Cod Martelée
· Henri d’Origny (1991)
· Small Model (PM), 23 x 23 mm
· “A square within a rectangle”
· Hammered 316L steel case
· Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Dial: Shaded-black lacquered and hammered dial
Movement: Quartz, crafted in Switzerland
Functions: Hours, minutes
Buckle: 316L steel pin buckle, 12 mm
Strap: Black Barenia calf strap
The price for the Hermes Cape Cod Martelée is $3,625 for the version with a Barenia calfskin strap on a single wrap and $3,775 for the one on a double wrap.