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Apple to Sell Hermès Apple Watch Collection Online Starting Friday

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Starting on Friday, January 22, both Apple and Hermès will begin offering the special edition Apple Watch Hermès via their online storefronts, reports Fashionista. Since its October debut, the Apple Watch Hermès collection has only been available for purchase in select boutique and Apple retail locations in major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, and Beijing.

First introduced at Apple's September iPhone-centric event, the Hermès collection was made possible through a partnership between Apple and luxury brand Hermès. The collection consists of three strap options -- the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff -- along with a stainless steel Apple Watch casing and a unique Hermès watch face.


There are ten Hermès models in total, split between the three bands. Priced at $1,250, the leather Double Tour, which wraps twice around the wrist, includes a 38mm stainless steel watch case. It's available in four colors: Fauve, Etain, Capucine, and Bleu Jean.

The Single Tour is a more classic design that includes a 38 or 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch at prices that start at $1,100. It too comes in several colors, including Fauve, Noir, and Capucine (38mm only). The Cuff, a thicker cuff-style band, is priced at $1,500 and ships with a 42mm stainless steel Apple watch. It's available only in Fauve.

Both Apple.com and Hermes.com will be offering the full Hermès Apple Watch collection on their respective sites starting on January 22. The bands will continue to be sold as a set with a stainless steel Apple Watch and not on a standalone basis.

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It's amusing the opinion some people have towards fashion. They wouldn't dare say the same thing about Architecture or design or art. If they knew the craftsmanship that goes into Hermès products, their workman study in Paris for years to learn techniques of crafting the finest leather.
Of course the product is for the rich. I can't afford the strap (I don't even own an Apple watch and I'd only buy timeless Hermès goods) but in the press conference when they announced the straps, I knew it was Hermès even before they revealed the brand by the stitching of the bracelets.
There will be knockoffs, and I've seen decent ones online if you want the "double tour" or cuff strap style and it will look very similar from afar (or even up close) but someone who appreciates design will see the difference (and appreciate the design and craftsmanship including the testing that went into making the double tour design work with Apple watch).
 
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The Macrumors techie demographic is not one that cares much (or appreciates) high fashion. Hence the comments.
 
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I'm aware this is my opinion, but you're getting more bang for your $1200 bucks buying a black stainless link watch than a Hermes one. Leather is nice and all, but won't last wearing it often. Metal might get scratched, but is much more durable and the engineering and design that went into it is pretty compelling
 
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Yes. Accent grave, not accent aigu.

Mind you, this was written by the same person who called the Nerds Broadway musical a "screenplay", and never corrected it, either.

Apologies for the embarrassing error, it's been fixed! Thanks for the heads up. Also, re: Nerds, I didn't see the comment on that until now (sometimes it gets busy so I miss a comment here and there), but I've changed the wording. BTW, if you see us make little accidental mistakes like this, quickest way to let us know is to shoot us an email. I can always be reached at juli@macrumors.com and I really appreciate it when you guys let me know about something that got overlooked.
 
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iLunar

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I love reading tech nerds opinions on fashion. Such a completely different audience.

I'll just say, fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry. The first tech company that can successfully bridge that gap will be amazing. I'm not saying the Apple Watch necessarily does that, but it's the next logical step for Apple to expirement with.

I'm sure it pisses off all the people wanting Apple to make a mid-range Mac Pro mini tower, but the Apple Watch only makes sense in Apple's progression.
 
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KPOM

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Nice! Hopefully this will continue for the next generation. Perhaps this is a sign that they are closing out and that Watch 2 is on the way soon. The only downside now is that I'll lose a little bit of exclusivity. This was harder to get than the Edition. :( But hopefully it means I'll get an updated version more easily. :)
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No doubt some suckers will buy these... Go figure.

More money than sense me thinks.

Over a thousand dollars for an outdated watch (spare me the it's the latest technology because a newer one isn't out yet dribble lol).

It's a premium of $450 over the normal Classic Band. That's about right for an Hermes band. As for "outdated" technology, chances are pretty good that a lot of the buyers won't be replacing it every year. It has the same warranty as the Edition (2 years standard, with AppleCare+ a $99 option for a third year).
 
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I think Apple is being ridiculous trying to make the watch a "fashion piece". It's a gadget. Not a luxury watch. There are A LOT of luxury watches that look A LOT nicer than the Apple Watch. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important that it's sleek and nice looking. Apple, for the most part, is very good at that. But, they're trying too hard to market the watch as something it's not. The Apple Watch is for people who want access to their phone on their wrist. People who want to control their Apple TV, or thermostat, or lights....with Siri, right there on their wrist. It's for people who like using technology. From a fashion standpoint, it doesn't hold a candle to a high quality timepiece. But that's just me.
 
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KPOM

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I think Apple is being ridiculous trying to make the watch a "fashion piece". It's a gadget. Not a luxury watch. There are A LOT of luxury watches that look A LOT nicer than the Apple Watch. Don't get me wrong, I think it's important that it's sleek and nice looking. Apple, for the most part, is very good at that. But, they're trying too hard to market the watch as something it's not. The Apple Watch is for people who want access to their phone on their wrist. People who want to control their Apple TV, or thermostat, or lights....with Siri, right there on their wrist. It's for people who like using technology. From a fashion standpoint, it doesn't hold a candle to a high quality timepiece. But that's just me.

I disagree. A colleague of mine who doesn't have the Apple Watch says her main complaint is that it looks too much like a tech item. I showed her my Hermes (Single Tour) and she thought it made it look much more like a "regular" watch and would consider it. The next part for her would be to have a watch face on all the time so that it "looks like" a watch from a distance. She's easily got the $1250 for the Double Tour.
 
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