A chain reaction. Reintroducing the Hermès Nantucket watch — now, linked up to a Chaîne d’ancre bracelet.
Chains are having a bit of a moment. Thick, robust curb chains meet slinky snake chains meet dinky little box links in genres that span to jewellery, accessories, and handbag hardware. It’s utility, transformed through time — softening, even — into an aesthetic that flirts with subtlety and elegance.
The Hermès Nantucket watch — designed by Henri d’Origny in 1991 alongside the square-cased Cape Cod — is immediately recognisable today with its infamous ‘rectangle within a rectangle’ case; a link-chain shape meant to evoke the House’s signature Chaîne d’ancre motif, which dates even further back to 1938.
New for 2021, the Hermès Nantucket watch unfastens from its single- and double-tour leather strap and, instead, links up with a Chaîne d’ancre bracelet. A true meeting of House codes that tethers past to present.
This new anchor-chained presentation pushes the Nantucket watch closer towards the territory of high jewellery. It’s a decadent sense of occasion; one made even more so with a spray of diamonds — alongside the case on the rose-gold; a jeté dusting atop the steel — that infuses a dash of that always-welcomed moment of sparkle.
Find subtle variations between the rose-gold and steel Nantucket watches; the former glistens with a natural white mother-of-pearl dial (with or without diamond-set chatons) while the latter takes aim for modernity with sandblasted rhodium- and opaline silver-plated dials.
The Nantucket watch is available in steel (HK$26,700) or rose gold (HK$84,300), with gem-set variations starting at HK$62,800. Find out more at hermes.com or visit your local Hermès store.