The Carré H, the chic, modern timepiece created by award-winning French designer Marc Berthier for Hermès in 2010, proves that it’s unquestionably hip to be square. The model’s signature case shape and contemporary aesthetic made it an instant classic. Now, eight years later, the designer has revisited the collection, and finessed a number of details to give the Carré H a fresh new look.
For starters, Berthier enlarged the model by a few millimeters—the case now measures 38 x 38 mm—and added a slew of subtle yet meaningful aesthetic touches that play up the way light reflects off the timepiece. These include adding polished and microbead-blasted finishes to the steel case, right-angled guilloché work to the dial and facets to the hands and numerals.
Overall, he infused the geometric case with a softness, seen in its curved profile and cylindrical crystal, designed to give the piece greater balance. Last but not least, take note of the proprietary font—and its distinctive-looking zero, in particular. Equilibrium was never this fine, nor this sexy.