The Hermès Apple Watch collection marks a bold new collaboration between the tech giant and the 178-year-old French luxury house. Melding the unparalleled innovation of Apple with the heritage and exquisite craftsmanship of Hermès, the partnership solidifies the Apple Watch’s status as a luxury item.
The three designs merge the classic leather bands of the historic Hermes brand with the brain of the Apple Watch, with five leather options. And although each brand is known for its iconic packaging, this time, Hermès’ classic orange won out. This will be the first time ever that Apple has diverged from its white package.
In a release revealing the collection, Hermès executive vice president in charge of artistic direction Pierre-Alexis Dumas compared the collaboration to a horse and carriage, “a perfect team.”
“What more contemporary and relevant expression of this principle could there be,” he said, “than this collaboration with Apple?”
Each stainless steel case of the watches includes an etching of the Hermès signature and a customizable face with three dial designs inspired by Hermès watches. The orange box in which it comes also features, in addition to the Hermès logo, an imprint of the Apple logo.
Starting at $1,100, the “Single Tour” embodies classic Hermès design with a nod to its equestrian roots. Sporting a buckle that mirrors the straps of a horse’s saddle, the timepiece is available in 38mm and 42mm stainless steel cases.
The watches are available as of today at Apple retail stores, Hermès stores, specialty stores and department stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. — 15 total in the States.