In 1991, Henri d’Origny, a long-time creative partner of Hermès, was tasked to design a square watch. It was a tricky assignment, even for the renowned artistic director, but the maverick man was not fazed. His starting point was the anchor-inspired Chaîne d’Ancre link, a signature shape often found in the French house’s jewellery collections. He sliced the link in half and placed a square watch dial in between for an elongated effect afforded by stylistic lugs. A new shape was born: a square within a rectangle. Named Cape Cod, this classic watch is distinguished by its Art Deco typography, rigorous design codes with an inherent lightness of touch. It affirmed its position as an iconic timepiece when the house’s then artistic director, Martin Margiela, extended its leather strap for a double wrap around the wrist, presented on Hermès’ Paris runway show in 1998. Fast forward a quarter of a century from its birth and the Cape Cod offers a fresh take with the Cape Cod Shadow: a black DLC (diamond-like carbon)-treated case, a matt-black dial and a black double-wrap watch strap edged in red.
Hermès Cape Cod Shadow, SG$6,350.
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