A "warning" about Apple Watch Hermès leather

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  1. BigGuy219 macrumors regular

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    After spending sometime on this forum I've noticed how particular people are when it comes to scratches or blemishes on their watches and other products I think it's worth pointing out something about Apple Watch Hermès that people who've never owned fine leather goods might not understand or expect.

    If you watch the keynote Tim Cook talked about the Hermès leather and how it would "age beautifully." You have to keep in mind that leather is dead animal tissue, and as such reacts differently than metal. In your life you might have encountered artificial or processed leather that alleviates some of the issues you will encounter with Hermès, but against conventional opinion but wear and discoloration is a sign of GOOD leather, whereas blemish free is a sign of BAD or even fake leather. In fact, one way to spot a real Hermès, Louis Vuitton, or other quality leather bag as being real is wear and discoloration to the handle from where contact with the skin, use, and oil will cause it to change overtime. This is called a patina, and can also be observed on quality shoes as well.

    So if you purchase the Apple Watch Hermès you'll notice the band begin to change color over time. This will be particularly visible in the Fauve ("brown") version. This is caused by contact, oils in the skin, sweat, sunlight, etc. There is nothing you can do to prevent this -- short of never open the box. This is supposed to happen. This is a sign that you have quality leather goods, and not cheap, manufactured goods. BUT after seeing how some people panic over scratches I thought it a good public service announcement.
     
  2. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    I anticipate people will buy strap protectors for their leather Hermes straps.
     
  3. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, and then they'll get angry at the other forum members for laughing at them for it.

    "I need to protect my sapphire screen from all those diamond bracelets I wear!"
     
  4. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    Most Louis Vuitton bags are actually made from canvas...
     
  5. BigGuy219 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What is a strap protector going to do? The moment anyone touches it, it begins a slow process to alteration. That's why when you walk into certain places there are "No Touch" signs!

    And if you wrap it up to avoid exposure to sunlight then what's the point of even wearing the darn thing?

    Literally if you breath on this thing you begin the alteration process. It's not artificial. You're wearing the hide of a dead animal - it's decaying matter. You can't protect it.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Given that AW Hermes are significantly cheaper than bona fide Hermes watches, are we actually sure they're using the same kind of leather and not coated leather?
     
  7. BigGuy219 thread starter macrumors regular

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    They are using the same barenia leather used in other Hermès products. The reason they are significant cheaper than other Hermès watches is that the movement is more expensive than the Apple chip inside the case, and the case itself is waaaaaay cheaper than the mass produced case of the Apple Watch.
     
  8. lagwagon Suspended

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    You obviously missed the joke, poking fun at so many people who own any Apple product, wrapping everything up in cases and bulky rubber monstrosities.
     
  9. BigGuy219 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes. I imagined someone walking around with their watchband wrapped up. Like someone's grandparents who don't take the plastic off the sofa.
     
  10. bigred7078 macrumors 6502a

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    Not the handles and trim...
     
  11. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    If you think a watch strap protector is absurd, wait until Apple releases their car. People will be putting tire protectors on it.
     
  12. lagwagon Suspended

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    Don't forget rubber bumpers for the bumpers. And screen protectors for the windshield.
     
  13. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    Fair enough.
     
  14. LD Curb macrumors regular

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    I've had Fauve Barenia in various Hermès items and it is a lovely leather with an amazing scent ... smells like the tack room where I ride horses. The leather doesn't like water though but if it gets wet you can usually rub the area and the water spot will go away but for me, Barenia was more high maintenance than a typical leather and I sold my pieces as I was not wearing them.
     

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