Icons in Time — A Look at the Hermes Kelly Watch

The history of the now-famed Kelly bag — and subsequent Kelly Watch — is a storied one that spans more than half a century. Marked by the signature padlock design, the Kelly has stolen hearts around the world.


Hermes, founded in 1837 in Paris as a purveyor of fine saddles and harnesses, quickly gained a strong reputation for its unparalleled artistry and perfection. When the equestrian mode of transportation gave way to the motorcar, Hermes adapted, creating trunks, gloves, handbags, scarves and other motorities for the well-to-do Parisians in cars.

By the mid 1900s, the House of Hermes had become a global brand name, and in 1956, when Princess Grace Kelly appeared on the cover of Life Magazine with an oversized Hermes saddlebag to cover her pregnant belly, the bag quickly gained the name the Kelly bag. The signature look has remained in high demand over the years, often with a waiting list for handbags that retail for more than $10,000.


In 1975, the Kelly bag’s padlock motif became an adornment for the new Kelly Watch, which garnered international acclaim almost as quickly as the bag had. Today, the Kelly Watch is offered in steel or in gold with a single leather strap or a double-tour leather strap in a huge array of hand-stitched-to-perfection leathers and colors. We are happy to carry Hermes timepieces in our store, including the iconic padlock Kelly Watch, which has become a symbol of love, commitment and style.