The origins of the Hermès In The Pocket - a pocket-watch that may be transformed at will into a wristwatch - goes back to 1912, when Jacqueline Hermès, still a child at the time, received a gift from her father in the shape of a "porte-oignon" or pocket-watch holder designed to be secured to the wrist.
It had been designed so that the keen young horsewoman could ride without having to attach her watch to her clothing or slip it into her pocket. The special leather strap surrounded the pocket watch as to provide ideal protection.
Reinvented in 2012, this unusual timepiece returns this year in a rose gold version with alligator exterior issued in a 178-piece limited edition.
The 40 mm diameter of the rounded rose gold case increases to 49 mm when worn on the wrist.
The grained silvered dial features baton-type hands sweeping over pared-down numerals with the small seconds ticking at 3 o’clock.
The self-winding H1837 movement (28,800 vph) created for Hermès by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier features a circular grained and snailed mainplate and offers 50 hours power reserve. The oscillating weight is adorned with the brand’s “sprinkling of Hs” motif.
The Matt havana strap is hand crafted in the leather-making workshops of La Montre Hermès in Switzerland. The two parts are composed of three layers of leather: alligator, an inner cow grain leather reinforcement to ensure sturdiness, and a Zermatt calfskin lining. The Hermes In The Pocket has a price of Swiss Francs 35,000.
Hermès also created a unique piece of the In the Pocket" timepiece for the Only Watch charity auction (Geneva, 7 November 2015) combining a red calfskin strap with a rose gold case framing a black dial with contrasting white numerals and red minute/seconds tracks. hermes.com