Watches: Slim d'Hermès Collection (live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 3, 2015
The timelessness of pure lines, the nobility of refined materials, and the perfection of expert craftsmanship is what the House of Hermès has always been about. Far from the fads followed by other luxury Maisons, this French institution lets these values speak for themselves in all their collections, be it fashion, fragrances, home products, leather goods, equestrian supplies, jewellery, or even timepieces.
The brand new watch collection named "Slim d'Hermès" recently introduced during Baselworld does not fail to follow this roadmap and the luxury Maison can already pride itself on having created another "classic" that will defy the passage of time and feel equally relevant and beautiful in a few decades as it does today.
Although the collection includes both men's and women's timekeepers, I would like to focus today on the models for us gents only. They all share the same round 39.5 mm case with the purest possible aesthetic. Slender lines for an effortless elegance, a thin slightly beveled bezel to offer a broad dial opening, and graceful elongated lugs perfectly hugging the shape of the wrist are the main characteristics of the design imagined by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès.
The entry-level model in the collection is the "Slim Small Seconds" available in stainless steel mounted on black alligator or in rose gold paired with Havana brown alligator. Both versions are secured by a traditional pin buckle in the same material as the case and these watches are water resistant to a depth of 30 meters.
Not surprisingly, the face of these watches retains the simplicity of all Hermès products without losing in sophistication. The classicism of the three-part opaline silvered dial with rhodium-plated or 4N-gilded baton hands depending on the version is counter-balanced by the originality of the typography created by Philippe Apeloig (a long-time partner of the brand).
At the heart of these beautiful watches beats the ultra-thin H1950 calibre. This in-house 2.6 mm-thick self-winding movement uses a micro-rotor for winding and stores up to 42 hours of energy. The sapphire crystal on the back reveals its flawless finishing in the pure tradition of Fine Watchmaking. It is also adorned with the special "H" decoration that Hermès saves for their Manufacture movements.
For the watch enthusiasts in search of a more complex creation than a time-only model, the brand also presented a Slim Perpetual Calendar in rose gold. This high-end version of the "Slim d'Hermès" uses the same H1950 base calibre with a perpetual calendar module developed by Agenhor allowing it to display the date and month of the year by hands, the leap year and the phases of the moon. The Earth's largest satellite is represented by a white mother-of-pearl disc on an aventurine sky. The Slim Perpetual Calendar also provides an off-centred second time zone at 6 o'clock to keep track of your Home Time when on travel.
All the graphic codes of the 39.5 mm case are left unchanged and the opaline silvered dial features the same typography for the Black transferred Arabic numerals of its chapter ring.
The stainless steel version of the "Slim Small Seconds" retails for 5,650 Swiss francs while the price tag of the rose gold version is 13,500 Swiss francs. You will have to spend 35,900 Swiss francs if you want to buy the Slim Perpetual Calendar. One thing is certain, though, whatever model you choose, the "Slim d'Hermès" on your wrist will show the world you are a man of good taste.
For more information please visit the Hermès web site.