INTRODUCING: Hermès H08 in rose gold and titanium

The Hermès H08 watch in rose gold and titanium, with ceramic bezel.

The new version of the H08 takes two-toned to a new level.

Two years ago, Hermès unveiled a new case design developed by the creative director of Hermès Horloger, Philippe Delhotal. The H08 in 2021 was a fine example of modern industrial design, with its black-and-chrome aesthetic. The original model had a graphene composite and ceramic case, with applied indexes in a font type that’s inspired by the brand’s ancre-style links.

The Hermès H08, introduced in 2021.
The Hermès H08, introduced in 2021.

The H08 has a cushion-shaped case with integrated lugs that curve subtly into the edges, with a gently rounded caseback and cushion-shaped bezel design that appears to merge seamlessly with the dial. On the dial, a central display features the brand’s logo and minute track, encircled by a ring that marks the hours. The applied indexes rest on the outermost part of the dial, which curves upwards into the bezel.

The case middle of the watch has a brushed finishing, and the bezel features sunburst satin-brushing to create a modern and sophisticated look. The chamfers on the bezel are mirror-polished. The watch is paired with a black rubber or webbed fabric strap and brings forth a contemporary, sporty presence that’s still elevated.

The Hermès H08 watches for Only Watch 2021.
The Hermès H08 watches for Only Watch 2021.

A second version of the watch was introduced with a blue titanium case with matching dial, and for the Only Watch event, a unique pair in titanium with orange accents, along with a matching bracelet or orange strap, demonstrated just how handsome the watch would look as an integrated bracelet timepiece.

The Hermès H08 in rose gold and titanium, with ceramic bezel.
The Hermès H08 in rose gold and titanium, with ceramic bezel.

For 2023, an even more elegant H08 has emerged in a rose gold case with black DLC-treated titanium caseback and a black ceramic bezel and crown. While we usually use the term ‘two-toned’ to refer to ‘steel-and-gold’ models, the H08 in titanium-and-gold is no less stunning.

The dial of the Hermès H08 watch, with the H1837 calibre.
The dial of the Hermès H08 watch, with the H1837 calibre.

The dial is presented in a grained texture matching the hue of the ceramic bezel, with a brushed hour ring that adds further depth to the display. The Arabic applied numerals and hands are in gold and coated with luminous paint for easy legibility in the dark. The watch is powered by Hermès’ H1837, a self-winding movement.

This is the first of Hermès’ releases for this year, before the Watches and Wonders fair in Geneva begins end-March. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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