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FrontRunners: Timely Fashion

Jill Newman

The French fashion house Hermès (800.441.4488, www.hermes.com) wants the world to know that it is serious about watchmaking. The company spent more than four years developing its newest timepiece, the Dressage.

The watch’s mechanical self-winding movement with a 55-hour power reserve was created exclusively for Hermès by Vaucher Manufacture in Fleurier, Switzerland. The watch design is unmistakably Hermès. Its rounded case is appointed with two stirrup shapes that are fitted with leather straps reminiscent of a saddle’s stirrups.

The watch is available in yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold. A 75-piece limited edition 950 platinum version ($25,400) commemorates the 75th anniversary of the first watch sold under the Hermès brand in its Paris shop.

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