Jony Ive Says Apple Watch Hermès Doesn't Make Apple 'Exclusive'

apple-watch-hermesApple design chief Jony Ive and Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about how the Apple Watch Hermès came to be.

Interestingly, the two companies began collaborating on the premium Apple Watch last year, several months before the wrist-worn device was released.

“It’s something highly unusual for Apple to do—to talk about an unannounced project,” said Mr. Ive, 48 years old. They decided to partner over lunch in Paris, where Hermès is based, last October.

Jony Ive believes that, while the Apple Watch Hermès was the most expensive product introduced at Apple's media event earlier this week, the premium watch does not make Apple an "exclusive" company. He later compared the Apple Watch Hermès to the Apple Watch Sport, stating that the same amount of time and effort went into designing both models.

“We don’t think in those terms,” Mr. Ive said in an interview Wednesday, after the Apple Watch Hermès was unveiled. “I’m not comfortable with words like exclusive.” […]

“Look at this next to one of the sport collection,” he says, referring to the $349 rubber-bracelet version that accounts for the majority of watch sales to date, according to people familiar with the matter. “There’s not one that had more care invested in its designing or making.”

Nevertheless, Apple's partnership with luxury goods maker Hermès is further evidence the Apple Watch is being positioned to both the high-end technology and fashion industries. The returns could be lucrative, with the Apple Watch Hermès lineup ranging in price from $1,100 to $1,500.

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Apple Watch Hermès watches feature leather straps handmade in France, with ten different models to choose from in Single Tour, Double Tour and Cuff designs. The collection will be available for purchase in October at select Apple Store and Hermès locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.

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Top Rated Comments

menano Avatar
114 months ago
I see most of you have never been inside an Hermes store.. I would advise you to refrain from entering one, because if you freak out about this you will most definitely have a seizure there
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Infinitewisdom Avatar
114 months ago
Those straps are horrifying.
I disagree. I think they look great and would be a reason for me to buy the Apple Watch. I just wish it wasn't $1500. Can't any other third party manufacturers make something that looks/feels similarly great?
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Al Downie Avatar
114 months ago
So.. wait a minute.. how much exactly does one of those leather straps cost?

I bought a piece of leather once for about the same price, and it came with a floor, a roof, some doors and wheels, and an engine, and it was really useful. What does THIS piece of leather do?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
owen.meredith Avatar
114 months ago
Those straps are horrifying.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
below Avatar
114 months ago
What I find interesting is that while these are among the most expensive Apple Watches (not Edition, of course), they are actually the cheapest watches Hermès offers.
So, in a way, the Apple Watch makes Hermès less exclusive
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
114 months ago
Those straps are horrifying.
The one on the right is a bit intimidating; it's like it doesn't end…



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