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The Apple Watch Goes Through a Luxurious Upgrade Courtesy of Hermès Again

Hermès Apple Watch Series 4 Launch

April 2021 (WHAT'S NEW IN FASHION?)


Not that it needs any boost in sales, but Apple, upon announcing that the Apple Watch Series 4 has arrived, also introduced a collaboration with Hermès we didn’t know we still needed. In addition to its regular selection of smart watches, we are also being proffered with five more voguish models. The products of the latest partnership between the two are seen to seamlessly fuse technology with fashion, function with form. And they are projected to become highly sought after, even in the presence of “regular” Apple Watches.

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Still Apple Series 4…

Categorizing the Apple Watch Hermès as a fashion watch is one way of seeing it, but the term does not actually do it justice as it can imply that the watch’s main sell is its aesthetics. Apple reassures that everything you have in the new Series 4 non-collab versions can be seen on the Hermès version; there’s just no cutting corners.

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Simply put, the Apple Watch Hermès Series 4 is better than models from previous generations. It is faster, prettier and comes with more functions. The watch runs with a dual core 64-bit chip, which is a big leap in terms of responsiveness from previous models. There are improved features, such as the louder speaker (said to be 50% more than before) and the digital crown with better haptic feedback. Added functions that we are thrilled to have include an electric heart sensor as well as fall detection. Through the former, the watch even has the capability to run an ECG test.

…but snazzier.

That said, the charm of the smartwatch not only relies on its power but also on its presentation. This is an Apple x Hermès collaboration, after all.

The French maison was involved in designing the face of the Apple Watch, which was conventional but still tastefully done. The dial is not littered with unnecessary details, only showing the indices and the hands most of the time. While it appears to be just a normal watch at a glance, the dial actually changes color as the hand rotates. Moreover, it seems to be larger because the text is clearer with the Series 4. In reality though, the dimensions have been unchanged from previous iterations.

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The smartwatch uses ceramic, a material we’re seeing more often nowadays in luxury watches of the non-digital variety, and in lieu of stainless steel. The use of sapphire crystal will also keep you from scratching the beaut, especially when you’re not the most careful of users. The leather strap is exquisite in all varieties, regardless if it is single or double tour. Don’t be confused by the terms; the latter simply means that the strap is intended to wrap around your wrist twice.

The prices for the Apple Watch Hermès Series 4 start at US$1,249. Pre-ordering for one (or more) has started on September 14 over at both the Hermès and Apple websites.

Image credit: Apple, Hermès

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