Hermès is synonymous with superlative leather goods. By marrying the brand’s leather-making credentials to fine watchmaking, wildly successful collections like the Faubourg Manchette are born. The wide cuff straps - manchette -that characterise this collection are hand-made by craftsmen using the hallmark Hermès saddle-stitching technique. This model comes on a rich brown Etruscan alligator strap that wraps around the wrist like a second skin. Taking the colour scheme through to the rest of the watch, a tiger’s eye gemstone set with four small diamond hour markers becomes the dial, which in turn is framed by 36 baguette-cut brown sapphires on the bezel. The effect is alluring and mysterious and the stripy tiger’s eye dial and the irregular alligator scales give this watch a great organic feel. The small 19.5mm rose gold case is equipped with a top-quality Swiss quartz movement.