Hermès hammers out Cape Cod ladies daytime watch


Building on the 1991 Cape Cod, which was designed by Henri d’Origny to be a square within a rectangle, Hermès has introduced the new Cape Cod Martelée.

A key aesthetic of the Cape Cod since its inception has been the two ‘Chaîne d’ancre’ half-links, the motif created by Robert Dumas in 1938 and inspired by ships’ anchor chains.

This continues to be the key visual detail of the new Cape Cod Martelée.

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Using a jeweller’s technique known as hammering, Hermès enhances the steel case with a patina-type effect. The hammering is also used on the dial, which is coated with a thin layer of translucent lacquer.

The Cape Cod Martelée complements the distinct aesthetic of the case and dial with a black calf strap in single or double tour versions.

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