Hermes is synonymous with iconic luxury pieces, and the coveted Hermes Clic Clac H bracelet is a must-have when it comes to accessories by the French luxury label. In three sizes — narrow, wide and extra wide — and an array of enamel and metal color combinations, it’s the kind of piece that makes you want to amass a collection. And whether you pair them with your favorite luxury watch for a classic look, or team them up with on-trend pieces for a mix of modern and timeless, you can’t go wrong with the iconic piece. “Clic Clacs look great on their own, but even better when stacked,” points out Senior Director of Authentication Graham Wetzbarger. As an expert on authenticating Hermès, we asked Wetzbarger to break down the elements of an authentic Clic Clac so you’ll know how to tell real from faux. Read on for his tips.
How common are fake Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet?
With its minimal yet instantly recognizable design, the Clic Clac lends itself to being easily knocked off.
What are the telltale signs of a fake Clic Clac H Bracelet?
Poor functionality, a sticky hinge, large gaps between the enamel and the metal, flaking of the metal finish and a lack of identifying brand hallmarks.
What steps do you take to authenticate an Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet?
First, we note the item’s weight; it should be heavy, and shouldn’t feel light in your hand. We then look at the color of the metal and the enamel to see that they are correctly bonded. When inspecting the shape of a Hermes Clic Clac H bracelet replica, we look to see that it is an oval, which fits ergonomically on the wrist; many counterfeit bracelets are circular.
We also look at the metals. As part of the platinum family, Palladium has a very clean silver tone to it, whereas some counterfeits may look more blue or brown. Likewise, Permabrass has a very pure yellow gold color to it, and should not be orange or show copper undertones.
Next, we inspect the clasp and hinge. We look at the male and female components, and ensure that the H pivots on a flathead screw for small and wide Clic Clacs, or a star-shaped screw on Hermes extra wide Clic Clac H Bracelet. The peg should be cylindrical and pivot cleanly into the notch, which has a unique shape to perfectly fit the mechanism of the bracelet — on fakes they often get this shape wrong. The single notched hinge should open and close easily but with some tension.
What brand hallmarks does Hermès use on Clic Clacs?
We double check for the correct brand hallmarks on every Hermes Clic H bracelet outlet. “Hermès” should be printed in all caps on one side of the interior of the hinge. Beneath it you will find a single capital letter that indicates the year in which it was made. These follow the pattern of the date stamps Hermès uses on its leather goods — for example, on the Clic Clac below, the “P” indicates that it was manufactured in 2012. It is worth noting that in 2015, Hermès abandoned this system, which has been in place since the 1950s, and going forward will be using different markings. On the opposite side of the hinge, it should say “Made In France” in all caps if the piece was made circa 2010 or later.
What elements of craftsmanship do you expect to see?
The technique used to make an Hermes Clic Clac bracelet fake is applied enamel work, meaning a solid piece is set into the metal framework. The enamel should be slightly domed at the edges. Many counterfeits use a poured resin technique which results in a flat enamel surface.