Hermès debuts new steel Cape Cod models, including a version with the anchor chain pattern on the dial
by Caitlin McDonald
But the luxury house hasn’t neglected its fun side, announcing new steel versions of the playful Cape Cod watch with Swiss-made quartz movements.
Elegant and stylish, the Cape Cod has been a Hermès mainstay for over 25 years following its launch back in 1991.
It was the brainchild of Henri d’Origny, artistic director, who was charged with making a square watch – the result was the Cape Cod, a cheeky riff on a square dial in a rectangular case.
The case design took inspiration from an anchor chain, a particular influence on the case’s extended lugs.
The Hermès Cape Cod anchor chain
The first new Cape Cod also features the anchor chain motif on the index-free dial. There are two dial colours, either blue lacquered, or black gold-treated and polished to become ‘étoupe’, a dark brown-grey shade.
It comes in one size, the 29 x 29mm Large Model (part of Hermès’ slightly confusing sizing scheme), and on either a single or double tour strap in matching shades.
The other new model has a mirror-polished rhodium dial, with grey Arabic numerals outlined in darker anthracite.
It comes on a single or double Milanese bracelet – a first for Hermès. It comes in two sizes, Large Model or the 23 x 23mm Small Model.