Hermès Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie
At the crossroads between leather craftsmanship and jewellery.
In 2014, Hermès unveiled the Faubourg watch, elegant with dainty line, presented in a variety of interpretations. In 2015, it became an all leather-clad cuff watch paying tribute to the original harness- and saddle-making expertise of Hermès. From now on associated to gemsetting, she became the Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie.
Working in the company ateliers, the cutting artisans carve out from a piece of leather the elements required to make a cuff strap. The leather craftsman then assembles the cuff strap using the famous saddle-stitching technique, making three double stitches at each end of the seam, a guarantee of a robust finish. He then rubs down the sharp edges before pressing a furrow between the seam and the edge of the leather. The strap contour is dyed and then heat-smoothed with a soldering iron, in an operation known as burnishing. Finally, it is waterproofed with beeswax.
Having become a second skin, the leather flows around the wrist like an extension of the case that has been fashioned in gold and adorned with an entirely hand-crafted 36-gemstone baguette setting. Diamonds, emeralds, blue or brown sapphires: the stone-cutter begins by individually cutting each stone. The gemsetter fits them into their settings hollowed out in the bezel, before pushing the material back around them using a scorper, and hammering the result until the stones are securely held in place. He can then proceed to final polishing to accentuate the radiance of this composition.
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