The Kelly may be synonymous with the chic top handle bag design by Hermes. But as far as watch fiends are concerned the Kelly is a dainty timepiece that’s ahead of its time. First introduced in 1975, the timepiece is distinguishable from the other models in the Maison’s horology stable by its small padlock-shaped watch case (a replica of the lock used on the namesake handbag) that dangles on a slim leather strap.
The choice of a padlock to house the watch dial and components gives the timepiece a thoroughly modern appeal when more conventional watches of the same proportions would have come across as prim and dainty.
But things are changing for the Kelly watch this year. In its first major overhaul since its inception, the watch now comes in a full metal design, with the leather strap swapped for a metal link bracelet design that some might interpret as an abstract take on alligator scales (though this is something not officially communicated in press materials).
The Kelly watch sports a new all-metal design for 2022.
There are a total of five permutations of the new generation Kelly timepiece: in steel, in rose gold, with or without diamond setting and boasting a mother-of-pearl or spangled white-lacquered dial. To further push the design envelope, the lock is also detachable so that your watch can be attached to a black boxcalf or smooth alligator clochette – essentially turning your timepiece into a pendant of a sautoir necklace.
Now, to the not-so-good news: this new update of the Hermes Kelly will not be hitting shelves in Singapore until 2023. The good news, though: we’ve got the rundown on prices for the models in the gallery below in case you are considering getting one.