Hermès Compendium, 8-day desk clock, gilt

£7,850
Watchdrawer

This Compendium is perfect as a sophisticated touch to any office desk or coffee table, and its varying functions provide a hint of excitement to your everyday life.

THE STORY BEHIND THE BRAND

ENGRAINED WITH LEATHER

Maker of colourful scarfs, delicate perfumes and curious timepieces, Hermès has diversified quite a lot since its equestrian beginnings in 1837. It was founded by the harness-maker, Thierry Hermès, when he opened his first workshop on rue Basse-du-Rempart in Paris. At the time, horse-drawn carriages were the main mode of transportation, so he was kept in good business by the constant need of local Parisians and their preferred means of transport.

His work in this area was clearly surpassing that of his peers after a few decades, as he won first prize, twice, at the Expositions Universelle in Paris, in 1855 and 1867. The company would continue this bridle path until 1880, when Thierry’s son, Charles-Émile, moved the workshop, and now store, to 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Moving to such a location was a clear indication that the company was on the ascendency. Indeed, it was after this move that the brand branched out from harnesses and started crafting saddles for the active gentleman, that didn’t require a carriage to get around the city.

Read the full story in The Journal.

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