Released in 2021, the cushion-shaped Hermès H08 however has attracted a lot of attention. It feels quite like a whole new frontier for Hermès Horloger but it’s not quite as showcased as a new collection. There’s only one Hermès H08, in terms of function and size (39 mm x 39 mm), but there are 10 versions, if you include all options. We find this watch so compelling that we’ll dedicate much of this story to it, with a little thought about making good watches. You can actually explore it for yourself now as it is already in stores.
The brand teased Hermès H08 briefly, telling us it wasn’t about bizarre complications, like Moon time is, for example. That is certainly true, with the movement powering the Hermès H08 being the familiar automatic movement H1837; it provides time and date indicators with a stylishly truncated seconds hand. However, we assert that the lack of sophisticated features does not mean that the watch is not of interest to watch enthusiasts. On the contrary, we think all the little details in this new design will give Hermès H08 a place in the spirit of most collectors (or whatever space we do). used to calculate notable works for future reference).
Now you’ll hear some such fans call this a defacto sports watch, but Hermès watches don’t call it that. The press notes use the word sports a few times. To be fair, the Hermès H08 looks like the part, right from the curious fact that it’s not offered with a leather strap. It is also water resistant to a depth of 100 meters, and better than certain legendary sports watches managed at launch. Of course, the Hermès H08 isn’t really about gadgets – it could be considered a thoughtful study of the tool clock concept. To this writer, it seems purely meta, underpinned by all the small useful touches here, including a brand new padlock and (almost) unprecedented bracelet.
The most compelling version for our money is the graphene-filled composite version, which is perfectly suited to the topics we’ll explore this year. The case structure is also very attractive, allowing for a ceramic frame and a ceramic crown, everything. There’s also a full titanium version, with a special bracelet that integrates all the brand’s codes. Regarding about 10 version notes, Hermès Horologer actually came up with this only through three case variations – two in titanium (DLC and satirical) and one in the aforementioned blends.
There are a lot of factors that we haven’t yet reached – Watch Advisor has a 40+ minute video of this collection, believe it or not. Better yet, you should believe that Hermès H08 deserves it, and we will do our best to address this issue more deeply in print and online.