The New Hermès Médor Haute Joaillerie Watch Took 610 Hours to Make

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This high-jewelry piece from Hermès hides a secret underneath hundreds of diamonds—it’s actually a watch.

In its newest high-jewelry watch, the Médor Haute Joaillerie, Hermès transforms the iconic pyramids from its Medor collection into a secret watch. Secret watches conceal the watch dial, typically beneath a bejeweled cover that opens or slides to reveal a petite watch dial. In this geometric timepiece, a single pyramid sits atop a fully diamond-set bracelet, and with a press of a hidden pusher, the pyramid opens to show a mother-of-pearl watch dial that tells the time. 


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The gorgeous timepiece combines a herringbone pattern on the bracelet, which alternates princess-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds, with four diamond triangles on the cover that form the pyramid. Even the side of the bracelet is set with diamonds, creating a seamless look that sparkles from all angles. This masterpiece features 601 diamonds on the bracelet and 196 diamonds on the case, which total nearly 23 carats. Only the most skilled artisans possess the expertise to select and set the diamonds in this timepiece, and its creation took over 610 hours of work. 


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Many high-jewelry watches feature exceptional stones and gem-setting, but it is truly a feat to hide the watch dial so well. Here, the watch case is the same diameter as the bracelet, which helps give it the appearance of a diamond bangle. Even the crown is hidden on the caseback, so when the pyramid is closed there are no indications it opens to reveal the time. The pusher is set on the bottom of the hidden case, and a simple press of the pyramid releases the locking mechanism, opening the pyramid to display the time. Beneath all of those diamonds, the white mother-of-pearl dial shows hours and minutes, and it has four diamond indices to complete the jewelry look. Hermès releases very few high-jewelry timepieces, making this a true collector’s piece. 


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The price is available upon request at hermes.com.