Hermès is a superlative representation of savoir-faire in a variety of categories, from leather and silk to ready-to-wear and timepieces, all of which exude a high level of detail and skilled craftsmanship.
The success of Hermès today originated in 1837 when Thierry Hermès, the founder, established a shop for equestrian saddles and harnesses in Paris. Through the generations Hermès has grown to become a leading luxury brand with expertise in fine leather and many other products—including watches. In 1912, Émile Hermès, son of Thierry, designed the first-ever Hermés wristwatch for his daughter Jacqueline. He created the "porte-oignon" system to hold a pocket watch securely within a leather strap, and the Hermès watch was born.
Luc Perramond, CEO of La Montre Hermès, the watch division of the House of Hermès, explains the link between the past and the present at La Montre Hermès.
iW Magazine: iwmagazine.com/2013/11/18/iw-explores-hermes-savoir-faire/