Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Watch, Hermes Kelly!

Many of you probably know Hermes, a legendary French company for silk and leather goods making. However, do you know Hermes is a watch-maker even before it became a silk specialist? It has been associated with the great names of Swiss and French watch-making since the 1920s - designed by Parisian artists but constructed in Switzerland. If you are familiar with Hermes watches, you may know that Hermes watches are very different in their lines and their spirit, each has own style and expression. However, all watches have signature Hermes features: A capital letter H placed on the crown, “Hermes Paris” lettering on the dial and Hermes carriage logo on the case back.

Out of all these beautiful models, I, of course, have to keep a classic everlasting model, the Kelly watch. It first came out in 1975. As you probably guessed, I adore Hermes red. It is deep rich red, something very sharp yet classic. If I can have only 1 colour on, I’d choose red! Red real lizard skin and 24ct yellow gold plate just make it extra special! The model has its unique humour in associated with this little cute Kelly padlock! And only Hermes can mix all the elements and deliver everything in perfection!

The Kelly collection: in 1956, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco covered her pregnant body with a bag from Hermes. Her picture then appeared in Life magazine (pictured left), which marked the start of Hermes international success. Soon, the bag was renamed after the princess as the Kelly bag. The vital piece of the bag is a padlock on the closure of the bag's flap. In 1975, Hermes introduced a watch featuring the famous padlock hung on a leather watch strap, and named as Kelly watch.

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