The Hermès watchmaking tradition dates back to the 1920’s when the company began to apply its renowned saddle-making skills to crafting fine leather straps for timepieces that perfectly expressed the spirit of the House. For many years, Hermès sold watches that were created and produced by the most prestigious manufacturers, until in 1978 it set up its own watch manufacturing plant in Biel, Switzerland, called La Montre Hermès S.A.. Located in the heart of the traditional Swiss watchmaking area, it benefits from the wide-ranging expertise that has made this area famous. Its unique Parisian creativity has given rise to a great many new, exciting models and ensured the company’s steady development over the years.