Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hermès - Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar

Hermès’ brand new watch collection, the Slim d’Hermès, is designed by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès. This new collection boasts a stylistic exercise on the theme of aesthetic purity.. This determination to aim for essentials results in lines distinguished by their elementary sobriety, expressed through the slenderness of a case. The broad dial of these timepieces 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. This collection 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.

Highlight of this collection is the Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar perpetual calendar, a 39.5 mm-diameter model 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.
Inside beats the Manufacture Hermès H1950 ultra-thin movement equipped with an Agenhor perpetual calendar module. 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.
Technical details
Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
Ultra-thin Hermès Manufacture movement H1950
Module: Agenhor
Diameter: 30 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Thickness: 2.6 mm (movement) + 1.4 mm (module)
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hours / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels (movement) + 3 jewels (module)
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive feature:Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar, moon phases, GMT, day / night indicator

Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 5N 750 rose gold (≈33.9 g)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance:To 3 bar
Inter-Horn Width:20 mm

Opaline silvered, black transferred Arabic numerals
4N-gilded or lacquered-blue sandblasted Baton hands
Mother-of-pearl moon over aventurine sky

Matt havana alligator
Matt black alligator
Buckle: 17 mm pin buckle in 5N 750 rose gold (≈5.2 g)

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