Hermès has always maintained a strong relationship with time through its objects, heritage, and artisans’ 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 revolutionized the company. Visionary and 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 by purchasing a 25% stake in Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (movements). That same year, the leather workshop was inaugurated in La Montre Hermès S.A. site in Brügg, joining the assembly workshop 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 creates objects shaped by artisans’ hands to make them true 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. The house translates its inherent tension 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.