There is ‘time’ according to the clock: precise, exacting. And there is ‘time’ according to the heart: supple, intimate, sometimes fleeting, sometimes slowing to sheer suspension, time wasted, time saved... and time that is far too short. Hours which fly by like seconds, and seconds we would have last for hours.
Hermès pays homage to the relativity of time in creating the delightfully clever and innovative “Grand Hours” timekeeping mechanism. Now available in the elegant Cape Cod watch, a paragon of Hermès timepieces, it makes a playful reference to dance (that other great art of pacing and rhythm): On the dial, the hours have broken free of their staid circle to fall into a new choreography of time, where some cluster in a chorus line, while others stretch languorously into space. Tempo adagio from noon to 2 pm and from 6 to 8 in the evening: precious moments to breathe, to be. Savoury segments of time, where pleasure is all one’s own. Tempo acce-lerando from 8 am to noon and from 2 to 6 pm, accentuated by a throng of lines converging in the dial’s centre. A new way to tell time, to tame time, to live time in the Hermès spirit. Giving time to take time.
Developed exclusively for Hermès, the “Grand Hours” module incorporates a sophisticated system of oval-toothed wheels that makes it possible to speed up or slow down the movement of the hour hand, while the minutes and seconds tick by at the traditional pace. A waltz in double-time, a watch that makes time dance. On the Cape Cod “Grand Hours”, this ingenious mechanism is paired with the new H1 calibre, the first Hermès watch movement. This self-winding movement is decorated with an H motif, visible through the transparent case-back.
Available in steel, the Cape Cod “Grand Hours” comes in two dial colours – silvered or anthracite – and six different time-telling patterns.
Tempo adagio: from midday to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 8 am to midday and 2 pm to 6 pm
Tempo adagio: from 1 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm
Tempo adagio: from 2 pm to 4 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
Tempo adagio: from 3 pm to 5 pm and 9 pm to 11 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm
Tempo adagio: from 10 am to midday and 4 pm to 6 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 6 am to 10 am and midday to 4 pm
Tempo adagio: from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm
Tempo accelerando: from 7 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 5 pm
Movement: Hermès H1. Mechanical self-winding movement. Additional “Grand Hours” module. 27 mm in diameter (12 lines). 5.5 mm thick. 28,800 vibrations an hour. 50-hour power reserve. Series-coupled twin barrel. 202 components of which 28 jewels. Ceramic ball bearings. Oscillating weight and bridges decorated with an H motif.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds. Hour hands operating at variable speed.
Case: Steel. Size: 37 x 36.5 mm. Water-resistant to 50 metres.
Glass: Sapphire crystal on the bezel and the case-back.
Dial: Silvered or dark grey.
Strap: Havana or black alligator. Natural or black Barenia calfskin. Folding security clasp.