Where Watchmaking and Leather Savoir-Faire Share a Roof, and Much More – A Day at La Montre Hermès, Part II
As I explained in the previous “episode”, the day spent at the Manufacture Hermès was so rich that a single article could not do justice. One of the reasons is that there are in fact two distinct, yet intimately connected, operations taking place under the same roof. The first, and the reason La Montre Hermès exists in the first place, is watchmaking. As we saw, the breadth and depth of in-house horological work taking place there is considerable. The French maison is truly one of the major watch players in the city.
When you first visit Bienne, some watch brands are impossible to miss. They are so to speak “in your face”, and that is a great part of the city’s charm. But it’s at least as charming, if not more, when some brands are discovered later, almost by chance, through a walk or a lucky encounter. And when the brand in question is associated around the world with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship, while increasingly becoming a watch collector’s favorite, well, then, it’s pretty incredible.
What do Martin Luther King, JFK, the Dalai Lama, Meryl Streep and Neil Armstrong have in common? They notoriously spent some of the most important moments in their life with a watch made in Bienne around their wrist. Like millions of people over the past century and beyond, special moments in their life, and most moments in their day, were marked by a special object telling time, from Bienne to the world