A movement towards the essentials
Hermès presents a new watch collection born of a stylistic exercise on the theme of aesthetic purity: Slim d’Hermès. This determination to aim for essentials results in lines distinguished by their elementary sobriety, expressed through the slenderness of a case. The broad dial opening immediately draws the gaze, while the design of the lugs forms a right angle. The extreme simplicity of this watch conveys a movement towards essentials in a rigorous, beautifully balanced manner.
Slim d’Hermès, designed by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès, testifies to the graphic approach of the house through the original typography created by Philippe Apeloig* to mark the hours. The light, airy outline of the numerals imparts a lively rhythm that gives time a pleasing cadence.
At the heart of the large 39.5 mm-diameter model beats the Manufacture Hermès H1950 ultra-thin movement. The integration of a micro-rotor serves to slim down this self-winding calibre that now measures just 2.6 mm. Like the other models from the Manufacture, this movement is adorned with the “sprinkling of Hs” motif, while the bridges are hand-bevelled in keeping with watchmaking traditions. A sapphire crystal case-back affords a glimpse of the details conveying this expertise. Time is displayed in its simplest expression showing only the hours, minutes and seconds.
The 39.5 mm-diameter model may be equipped with a perpetual calendar mechanism, one of the most demanding horological complications. This function, which counts off the days and months while taking account of leap years and thus provides a four-year display, is associated with a moon-phase indication in natural white mother-of-pearl set against an aventurine glass sky, as well as a dual-time display in an ultra-thin composition.
Mechanical symphony, Slim d’Hermès delivers its supremely pure definition of time, symbolising a return to the fundamentals of the watchmaking art.
* Graphic designer Philippe Apeloig collaborates with the house for several years:
in 2012, he created the visual identity of Puiforçat and the Saut Hermès poster in 2013.