Watchmakers from the House of Hermès take us to the Japan of traditions, in the shade of a flowering cherry tree, to enjoy a more than millennial-old celebration: Koma Kurabe, the famous Japanese horse race.
Interpreted through 12 one-of-a-kind models each distinguished by different details, the Slim d’Hermès Koma Kurabe watch is graced with a porcelain dial reproducing this horse race that is organised once a year in Kamigamo Shrine (built in 678 AD) in Kyoto.
Crowds continue to flock there from all over the country in order to pray for peace and good harvests, while enjoying the sight of the horses and the beautiful spring day. An authentic travel invitation, this exceptional timepiece is the first time in the watch industry that French porcelain is combined with the Japanese art of Aka-e painting, created by the expert brush of master artist Buzan Fukushima.
Three firing operations are required to fix the motif of this scene conveying a dream-like vision of Japan. A dream that the master artist has brought to life for the first time on a watch dial for the maison Hermès, accustomed as he is to expressing his art on larger decorative objects such as vases or dishes.
Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland
Ultra-thin Hermès Manufacture movement H1950
Diameter: 30 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour / 3 Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Functions: Hours, minutes
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chanfered bridges
Shape/dimensions: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 750 white gold (≈32.90 g)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Porcelain dial from the French Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. A representation of a festive scenery and horse race (Koma Kurabe), using a traditional Japanese technique of miniature painting in various shades of red, called Aka-e
Matt havana alligator
Inter-horn width: 20 mm
Buckle: 17 mm pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈5.37 g)
Limited and numbered series of 12