HODINKEE are one of the most respected watch authorities on the planet so it stands to reason that a lot of the world’s watchmakers look to go into collaborative projects with them. The latest to do so is Merci – an independently operated and family run concept store that was founded in 2009 in the historic Marais district of Paris – and their striking LMM-H01 Limited Edition Watch For HODINKEE.
Priced at $500, which is mighty reasonable for a limited edition offering, the LMM-H01 Limited Edition Watch For HODINKEE from Merci is elegance personified and will add a touch of dapperness to any wrist this Autumn and Winter. It has all the design components you want in a time-only watch – namely, a well-proportioned 37.5mm case with drilled lugs, a legible dial, and a hand-winding ETA 2801-2 as its beating heart.
Style & Substance
The Merci LMM-H01 Limited Edition is HODINKEE’s latest collaboration project, and our first with Merci, Paris’ popular Haut-Marais concept store. It takes its design inspiration from early 20th-century military watches and the LMM-H01 Limited Edition for HODINKEE is a 37.5mm steel watch that you can wear every day such is its adventure ready design and performance.
For the LMM-H01 Limited Edition Watch from Merci and HODINKEE ($500), they crafted a new visual profile based on Merci’s first LMM-01, now highlighted by a grey dial with white and blue accents and three-dimensional applied numerals. There’s not a date window to be seen, nor any application of lume – it’s all about simplicity. There’s also no excessive or loud aesthetic elements designed to distract or call undue attention to the watch. The LMM-H01 is focused completely on the little details, intended to highlight the true intangibles of a quality, understated design.
There’s a purposeful lack of branding on the dial of Merci’s timepieces and that’s something that appeals to our minimalist sensibilities here at Coolector HQ. On the LMM-H01, the watch’s name is placed on the upper half of the dial, as if it’s referencing some sort of long-forgotten mil-spec. HODINKEE have also placed a muted, elegant detail below the dial’s central axis that consists of an “H” in a circle, a nod toward historical watches issued to the British military, which required a circle with a “T” on the dial in a similar position to indicate the use of tritium.
Pleasingly understated and minimalist in nature, the 37.5mm × 11mm case profile of the Merci LMM-H01 from HODINKEE boasts downturned drilled lugs that guarantee a versatile and inclusive wearing experience for all genders. Its simplicity and wearability also makes sure it is the ideal in-between point of toolish charm and dressy appeal. What this basically means is that it will look just as good under a jacket cuff as it does with short sleeves and sweatpants.
Flying off the shelves as we speak, this limited edition of 1,500 watches is one of the best and most accessible HODINKEE collabs to date. The Merci LMM-H01 is priced at a thoroughly reasonable $500 and the watch comes with a three-year warranty when purchased from the HODINKEE Shop, plus free domestic shipping and reduced cost international shipping. What’s not to like?