HERMÈS – Faubourg Joaillerie

The building at 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris has been home to Hermès since 1879. Founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès (1801-1878), the saddlery brand was moved here by his son, Charles-Emile (1831-1876). The iconic address, affectionately abbreviated to “Faubourg”, has quite literally become synonymous with the Parisian brand. But Faubourg is also the name of a collection of miniature timepieces which this diamond watch comes from. The fascinating and hypnotic Faubourg Joaillerie has a total of 652 diamonds which shine like stars. Its little white gold 16.3mm case is covered in 152 jewels. The strap gleams with 388 diamonds whilst 122 dazzle in concentric circles on the dial. Two facetted rhodium-plated little hands in the centre track the hours and minutes fuelled by a quartz movement. Price: 75’000 CHF. Sharmila Bertin