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Hermès Decks the Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre in Diamonds

16 June 2021

By Peter Vossner

Designed by Henri d’Origny and launched in 1991, the Cape Cod timepiece from Hermès was originally intended to be a square watch, however the designer wield his creative freedom to unveil what would be a square in a rectangle, giving rise to the now iconic watch from the French maison.

Its original case is composed of two anchor chain half links, a motif created by Robert Dumas in 1938, who was inspired by a boat chain.

This year, the Cape Cod is once again transformed: shimmering with diamonds and carved in obsidian stone – a grey vitreous volcanic rock – or sandblasted, gilded and lacquered, its distinctive graphic shape plays with materials and textures.

Hovering between contrast and harmony, a first Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre features a precious rose gold case set with 52 diamonds, framing an obsidian dial stands out, illuminated by interlaced links set with 181 diamonds.

A second, smaller model matches the tone of its gemset steel case with the anthracite shades of the volcanic dial and gemset anchor chains.

Finally, a third similarly small-sized rose gold version set with 46 diamonds is distinguished by its sand-blasted gold dial adorned with gemset anchor chains.

Paired with a single- or double-tour strap in Chantilly-coloured or pearl grey alligator, crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops, these new Cape Cod Chaîne d’ancre models display hours and minutes, swept over by slender gold or rhodium-plated hands.

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