Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hermès - Slim d’Hermès, New Models

Slim d’Hermès inspires a cadence based on pure, restrained lines. From the design of the case to the outline of the numerals, the collection sets the pace for a return to the quintessence of the watchmaking art. The Manufacture collection now welcomes models paying tribute to the saddlery and leather-crafting expertise of the Maison.

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.

With Slim d’Hermès, Philippe Apeloig, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès, has for the first time drawn the typographic essence of a watch line. This font with its light, understated rhythm, is generously revealed on a broad dial opening.

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.The simple and elegant dial surface comprises three different levels: a first circle for the chapter ring, a second central disc, and finally a small seconds subdial.

Hermès debuted the collection in 2015 with a Slim d’Hermès Manufacture driven by an ultra-thin H1950 movement and a Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar – both measuring 39.5 mm in diameter – as well as 32 mm and 25 mm ladies’ models.
Ladies are now also treated to a Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 39.5 mm version, equipped with an ultra-thin movement and enlivened by alligator straps in vibrant colours – sapphire blue, elephant grey, geranium, cassis or simply black – while featuring versions set with white diamonds.  An opaline silvered dial lights up the Slim d’Hermès Manfuacture dedicated to women. In the gemset version, 66 white diamonds delicately frame its circumference.
For men, the model is enhanced by new shades with a slate grey dial and matching elephant grey alligator strap; while a matt indigo strap complements the hue of the Slim d’Hermès midnight blue. Crafted in the Hermès leather workshops, these straps stem directly from the saddlery and leather-making expertise cultivated by the Maison.
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 seconds 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 bridges, reflect profound respect for watchmaking traditions and like all Hermès movements, Calibre H1950 is carpeted with a “sprinkling of Hs” motif.

Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar
Movement
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 hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels (movement) + 3 jewels (module)
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

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

Case
Shape/dimensions: 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

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

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

Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, Opaline Dial
Movement
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
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

Functions 
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
Shape/dimensions: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 5N 750 rose gold (≈28.7 g) or 316L steel
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-Horn Width: 20 mm

Dial
Opaline silvered, black transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals.
4N-gilded or rhodium-plated sandblasted baton-type hands

Straps 
Matt havana alligator
Matt black alligator
Buckle: 17 mm pin buckle in 750 rose gold (≈5.2 g) or 17 mm pin buckle in steel

Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, Slate Toned Dial
Movement
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
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

Functions 
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
Shape/dimensions: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 316L steel
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-horn width:  20 mm

Dial 
Slate-toned, silvered transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals
Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton type hands
Blue, silvered transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals.
Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton type hands

Straps 
Matt graphite alligator
Matt indigo blue alligator
17 mm pin buckle in steel

Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, Gem Set 
Movement
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
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

Functions 
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
Shape/dimensions: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 316L steel set with 66 diamonds (1.16 cts)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-horn width: 20 mm

Dial
Opaline silvered, black transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals
Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton-type hands

Straps 
Smooth sapphire blue alligator
Smooth black alligator
Smooth elephant grey alligator
Smooth geranium alligator
Smooth blackcurrant alligator
17 mm pin buckle in steel

Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, Opaline silvered dial
Movement
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
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive features: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges

Functions 
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
Shape/dimensions: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
Material: 316L steel
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-horn width: 20 mm

Dial
Opaline silvered, black transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals
Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton-type hands

Straps 
Smooth sapphire blue alligator
Smooth elephant grey alligator
Smooth geranium alligator
Smooth blackcurrant alligator
17 mm pin buckle in steel

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