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Fashion and Beauty

A modern yet timeless piece

Anna Martelino - The Philippine Star
A modern yet timeless piece
Helping hands: The meticulous making of the Hermès H08 watch

MANILA, Philippines — The contemporary, timeless new Hermès H08 watch has its finger firmly on the pulse of modern man, keeping step with every moment of rest and burst of speed.

It is an object that strikes a balance, fostering dialogue between opposites and contrasts. The Hermès H08 requires the watchmakers that crafted it to demonstrate a flair for detail, meticulous care and patiently acquired expertise.

Firmly of its time, it embodies spirit, momentum and movement. Its sporting-inspired design mingles taut and flowing lines, its circular dial framed by a case with softened edges. As if angles and curves were merging into a seamless whole, it appears bedecked in mineral materials and tones with black, gray and anthracite rubbing shoulders with blue and orange.

At one serious and sensual, robust and delicate, matte and glossy, it is defined by its inherently varied, multifaceted nature. Just like the Hermès man himself, the Hermès H08 watch is firmly embedded in the men’s universe of the house that Véronique Nichanian has been shaping over the past three decades, a multi-directional world in which perfect cuts, sensual materials and impeccable standards of comfort are the common denominators.

The enigmatic name of the Hermès H08 watch hints at graphics, mathematics and metaphysics. The distinctively original font of the numerals chimes with the object, including a zero and an eight, whose forms evoke that of the case.

The Herme?s H08 watch in orange

The zero numeral embodies emptiness, while the horizontal figure eight symbolizes infinity, like a journey between nothing and everything.

As if echoing the mystery and depth of time, it beats to the rhythm of the mechanical, self-winding Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement.

The new Hermès, H08 line offers three large cushion-shaped models with a screw-down crown. The first features a graphene-filled composite case topped by a satin brushed and polished ceramic bezel.

Its black gold-coated dial is punctuated by a minutes track, luminescent Arabic numerals and black nickel-coated hands, displaying the hours, minutes, central seconds, and date at half past four.  It is paired with a black rubber strap secured by a titanium butterfly clasp.

Two other variants, the first in matte black, DLC-coated titanium, and the second in satin brushed-titanium frame and black nickel-coated dial, are teamed with a blue or black webbing band or a black or orange rubber strap.

In addition to its toughness and comfort, the woven strap specially developed for the Hermès H08 watch epitomizes a style that is as sporty as it is sophisticated, entirely consistent with a world of Hermès menswear.

The Herme?s H08 watch in Noir

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The Hermès Manila flagship store is located in Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.

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