This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE went on sale last Friday. I also pre-ordered Series 6 on Apple's website right after the launch. All the bands were supposed to arrive after the 21st, except for some of the bands, but I was able to receive the watch on the 21st. I bought the first Apple Watch Hermès in two years, the same size as the last one, 40mm.
The packaging is much the same as it was two years ago. It's a two-tiered box with the body and band inside an orange box with the Apple and Hermès logos on it. Incidentally, when I pre-ordered it shortly after the announcement, only the Fauve was scheduled to arrive on the 18th for the Single Tour. It may be that the Fauve is in the box by default, and the lower case is swapped out to ship according to orders.
The unit is protected in the form of a paper wrapping, and the bands, one at the top and one at the bottom, are luxuriously packaged in a cloth bag. The charger and the orange sport band, which comes exclusively with Hermès, are housed in the same box above the device. I bought the Apple Watch with the Orange Swift Leather band, the classic color of the Apple Watch Hermès.
While I was fascinated by some of the new colors, I was troubled by the brightly colored "Juane Ambre" (yellow) and "Bamboo" (green) have a limited color of outfits to match. I chose orange because I thought it would be easier to match with my clothes. Incidentally, based on my experience in past try-on, the Double Tour, which has a double band wrapped around the arm, didn't fit my wrist size. The new Attelage Double Tour is also a nice design with a Hermès touch, but I had a feeling that it wouldn't fit my wrist, so I gave up on it.
The specs are 130mm-200mm for both Single Tour and Double Tour, but the Single Tour doesn't look bad when fastened at the outermost hole of the band, but if the Double Tour is just barely long enough to fit your wrist, the wrapped band may be too snug and spoil the design. This is not true for all, as some men have thin arms and vice versa, and some women have thick arms, but if anything, the Double Tour seems to be a size for women.
I passed on the Series 5, but I bought the Series 6 for a couple of reasons, the first being out of necessity. Since the display size is larger than the Series 4, there is no particular change, and frankly, I don't think anyone would notice unless I told them. I used my Apple Watch Series 4 Hermès almost daily, which inevitably led to a bit of battery life problem: every couple of months or so, some app would run out of steam and the battery would run out after lunch. If I wanted stability, it became a good idea to buy a new one.
Also, a stainless steel case will inevitably be subject to minor scratches if used for a long time. While the glossy feeling is linked to the feeling of luxury, it is also a fact that scratches are easily visible compared to the aluminum case. It's not enough to send it to a repair shop, but if the new model was released anyway, I wanted to make my watch shine.
Having skipped the Series 5, the always-on display was also a first for me, and the fact that with the Apple Watch Hermès, I could enjoy All Ways Hermès (lol) instead of Always On, was another reason for me to replace it. If that was all I wanted, I should have jumped on the Series 5, but Apple Watches aren't a product with a yearly replacement cycle, and I feel like the Always-on display alone is a weak reason to replace it. As a result of a combination of several reasons, I came to buy a new watch.
Series 6 has a 25% improvement in brightness when inactive. To be honest, when I saw the display in the same state on the Series 5, I found it to be a bit dark. It was difficult to see, especially when it was at an angle. In contrast, when viewed from closer to the front, Series 6 doesn't seem to be much different from the active display. In fact, it's brighter when turned on, which makes a difference, but the increased visibility is welcome. It comes in handy when you're glancing at the time while holding onto a hanging leather or while typing on a keyboard.
The Apple Watch Hermès is particularly appealing because of the unique Hermès faces that are only included in this version of the watch. If the display disappears except when you lift your arm, as it did on the Series 4 and up, it looks just like a regular Apple Watch, and that's not very attractive. Call me complacent, but I'm still happy with a stylish face that's always on. In that sense, the switch from Series 4 to the 6 was a good decision.
Incidentally, watchOS 7 now includes the ability to share faces, but Hermès faces can only be loaded by an Apple Watch Hermès. The new Hermès Circulaire allows complications to be placed at the four corners and at the bottom center of the dial, as opposed to the previous simple faces, where you could almost only see the time.
It's a bit messy and seems to have lost some of its Hermès-like innocence, but it was probably designed in anticipation of sharing recommendations using the Face Sharing feature. I feel like it's designed to be used by Apple Watch Hermès owners to exchange My Best Hermès Circulaire with other Apple Watch Hermès owners... and so on. With the previous Hermès face alone, there are too few settings, so you can share just by telling them verbally. It's things like this that show that Apple and Hermès are collaborating in a very literal sense.
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