The new boxcalf is technically not new. It is the original version of the boxcalf leather before the stiffer boxcalf leather. They are being re-introduced again. I would like to term it as boxcalf reissued (like Chanel Reissue) instead of new boxcalf.
You're right. Hence, the term reissued or in other words, an updated version. Hermes has been consistently doing updated versions and this is a good move in processes, designs and history.the "re-issue" began about 1 1/2 years ago starting with L stamp. the main difference is that the grain is actually visible from certain angles and in certain light. box for a long time was "painted" for lack of a better term-old box and now current box is dyed and finished --its actually more expensive to produce but easier to refurbish--
I think its important to recognize that all forms of box are top quality and gorgeous: I have been told that the main reason for the near constant innovation and tweaking is to improve lifespan, improve the ease of repair and refurbishing their own product and also to improve consistency of the product--ie. color, texture etc. So even though "new" box is somewhat of a reissue it is still slightly different than the original. The beauty of Hermes is in their design (obviously), innovation, quality control and reliability. No they aren't perfect all of the time but they are certainly at the pinnacle of the industry.