In 2016, the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture collection welcomes new models paying tribute to the art of Grand Feu enamelling.
Graphic arts and horological skills meet and mingle in perfect harmony in a quest for aesthetic purity. The in-house expertise is expressed through the dial, the case and the ultra-thin Manufacture calibre. The exceptionally understated lines are accentuated by the slenderness of the case, while the design of the lugs forms a right angle. Their momentum extends right the way to the spring bars around which the strap appears to coil. The result is the epitome of extreme simplicity, striking the perfect balance between rigorous discipline and visual equilibrium.
The outline of the numerals respects the natural function of a watch: ensuring the legibility of time, free of any superfluous elements. Designed like geometrical shapes, the hour-markers are drawn in a single stroke, without any counterweights on the ends. Just as rests accentuate the melody in a musical score, the lines are sometimes interrupted, representing silent areas in the design that depict the cadence of time.
At the heart of the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture, beats the H1950 ultra-thin movement. Revealed through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, it drives displays of the hours, minutes and small second at 6 o’clock. The 2.6 mm calibre ensures a 42-hour power reserve. Automatic winding is ensured by a technically complex micro-rotor. The finishes, including hand-chamfered bridge, reflect profound respect for watchmaking traditions and like all Hermès movements, Calibre H1950 is carpeted with a “sprinkling of Hs” motif.
Slim d’Hermès Émail grand feu comes with a rose gold case featuring a slender design and is fitted with a matt havana alligator strap crafted in the Hermès leather workshops and stemming from the saddlery and leather-making expertise cultivated by the Maison.
Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
Ultra-thin Hermès Manufacture movement H1950
Diameter: 30 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Thickness: 2.6 mm
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour / 3 Hz
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive feature: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Round, 39.5 mm diameter
5N 750 rose gold (≈33.8 g)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-horn width: 20 mm
White enamelled dial, black enamelled transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals. 4N-gilded sandblasted Baton hands
Matt havana alligator
Buckle: 17 mm pin buckle in 5N 750 rose gold (≈4.89 g)
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