Unveiled at the 2021 Watches & Wonders showcase, Hermès’s latest timepiece is the Faubourg Polka. Inspired by the miniaturized Faubourg model presented in 2014, it features a mother-of-pearl dial framed by a round case. Its entirely redesigned bracelet steals the show with its two opposing design elements: interwoven dots and oblique lines.
The luxury watch is available in five versions — white or rose gold, gem-set, or entirely paved with diamonds. The latter is a timepiece solely made for diamond lovers as each version is adorned with an endless placement of diamonds, from the white-gold bracelet set with 71 round brilliant-cut diamonds and 12 baguette-cut diamonds or 107 round brilliant-cut diamonds and the rose-gold case with 28 diamonds.
The Faubourg watch, named after the location of the Hermès flagship store, 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore was first introduced by the house in 2014 at Paris couture week. According to Hermès Horloger CEO Laurent Dordet, the petite timepiece with a diameter of 15.5.mm is one of Hermès’s thinnest watches.
At Watches & Wonders, the watch was physically revealed through an avant-garde art installation at Geneva’s Bâtiment des Forces Motrice, a 19th-century performance art center that showcased the virtual show’s highlights. Hermès’s Polka Faubourg was amongst the highlights, presented as a science and art installation reflective of the house’s history with horology. In collaboration with artists Clement Vielle and Pierre Pauze Hermès, the installation titled Texture of Time combined architectural elements with digital technology and comprised of translucent structures, art sculptures, and light projections.