|Source: Apple. The new Apple Watch Hermès will almost be flush with the wrist.|
"Ours is a partnership born of parallel thinking and mutual regard — we share similar preoccupations, ever evolving and refining our design,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer.
“We are united by the same vision, the uncompromising pursuit of excellence and authenticity, and the creation of objects that remain as relevant and functional as they are beautiful. This is a new step of our attelage (Editor's note: partnership)," said Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès’ Executive VP, in charge of artistic direction.
The expanded Apple Watch Hermès collection includes a new style — the Double Buckle Cuff in Swift and Epsom calfskin leathers, inspired by an archetypal Hermès sandal design by Pierre Hardy, Creative Director of Hermès shoes and jewellery, available in new colours including Rose Jaipur, Étoupe and Bleu Agate (shades of red, brown and blue respectively). The new Single Tour Deployment Buckle band pairs Hermès Barenia calfskin leather with a hidden deployment buckle, which opens with a click of two side buttons. The classic Double Tour and Single Tour styles will feature refreshed colours including Anemone (a shade of purple).
New Apple Watch Hermès models pair with Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, water resistance to 50 m*, a two-times brighter display, a dual-core processor and watchOS 3, and include an exclusive Hermès Sport Band in signature orange. The water resistant Sport Band is uniquely etched with ‘Apple Watch Hermès.’
Apple Watch Hermès is available in two different case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm. The 38 mm Single Tour is US$1,149**; the 42 mm Single Tour is US$1,199**; the 38 mm Double Tour is US$1,299**; the 42 mm Single Tour Deployment Buckle is US$1,399**; and the 38 mm Double Buckle Cuff is US$1,499** from apple.com, Hermes.com, select Apple Stores, select Hermès stores, select specialty stores and department stores.
In Asia Pacific and Middle East Apple Watch Hermès will be available from September 23 in Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, and the UAE. Apple Watch Hermès Bands are sold separately and are available from September 16.*** The Single Tour Band is US$339**, Double Tour is US$489**, and the Double Buckle Cuff is US$689**. Apple Watch Series 2 requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or later. WatchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be available beginning September 13 as a free software update. Some features are not available in all regions or in all languages.
Every customer who buys Apple Watch Hermès will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online,**** to help set up and personalise their new Apple Watch with calendars, notifications, apps and more.
*Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 m under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant.
**Prices stated are for the US, and may vary in other countries.
***Apple Watch Hermès Bands will be available beginning September 23 in Macau.
****In most countries.