Hermès plays with contrasts and light with the H08 Graphene

The maison unveils its vision of a contemporary sports watch with the Hermès H08 Graphene, delivering on a look that is at once interesting and pleasing from every angle imaginable.

There’s no two ways about it: the Hermès H08 is a stunner. With its cushion case at 39mm in diameter and a comfortable thickness of 11mm, this is a sports watch that will fit under most cuffs quite comfortably. The case itself is beautifully finished, as is expected of anything coming out of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, and is crafted using a composite material that makes the piece extremely light at just 76 grams, a far cry from conventional sports watches. This composite material is filled with graphene, which, in addition to adding strength to the finished case, also gives it a light-absorbing matte finish that contrasts beautifully with the sunburst dial and satin-brushed black ceramic bezel.

The dial gives off more details the closer you look at it, having two contrasting features with the center piece being made out of black gold with a grained finish. The dial also features a date window at the 4.30 position that bridges the grained-textured dial to the smooth circular track, as well as a circular track with gray markers in the middle which goes back again to the black gold grained center piece with gray markers and the Hermès logo printed on the dial.

Furthermore, the dial boasts gorgeous applied numeral indices. Gorgeous, because they’re not your typical applied Arabic numerals. In true Hermès fashion, the fonts and numbers are ever so slightly different from conventional typography, but not so different that it renders them unusual. They’re perfectly familiar, yet unique at the same time.

Hermès has also chosen the perfect handset for the piece, namely baton-shaped hour and minute hands, and an arrow-tipped seconds hand that brings a splash of color to the piece in a very elegant way. The seconds hand stretches all the way to the seconds track on the center piece, while the hour hand stretches to the printed track on the contrasting black circular track with the minute hand stretching all the way to the numerals on the outer part of the dial, making this watch not just a piece that one can admire from up close, but also one that is utterly legible, even from three feet away.


The piece comes equipped with a few strap options including a black rubber strap, an orange version and an integrated bracelet option.

The beating heart of this piece is the Hermès Manufacture caliber H1837 which features a 50-hour power reserve, giving wearers extra peace of mind as the watch will sustain itself for quite a while after it leaves the wrist. The Calibre H1837 is a 4Hz movement which means that it will beat at a very smooth 28800 vibrations per hour, giving the seconds hand an impression of effortlessly gliding around the pinion. So, from the outside to the inside, the Hermès H08 Graphene a remarkably elegant piece to say the least.

Finally, the creation of the watch is, of course, no less intriguing. Catch a glimpse of how the Hermès H08 Graphene came to be in the video below: