Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hermès Médor Serti Baguette

Hermès uses the delicate art of invisible setting to adorn the pyramids of a watch with a mantle of baguette-cut diamonds, stemming from hand craftsmanship combining traditional techniques with cutting-edge technologies.

For the very first time, Médor Serti Baguette by Hermès conceals its watchmaking soul beneath the sparkle of trapeze-cut diamonds. This “secret” watch tells the time only when its pyramid-shaped cover pivots to one side at a press on an invisible push-button. Created in 1993, the watch is inspired by the dog collars that Hermès already used to make in its early days, alongside its harnesses for horses. In this version, it appears clothed in a highly original gemstone mantle that called for a wealth of engineering and expertise.
Médor Serti Baguette by Hermès unites three skills cultivated by the Maison: saddle-making and leather craftsmanship, jewellery and watchmaking. Its three pyramids lined up on a leather strap involved a distinctive feat of engineering and called for complete mastery of the gemsetting art. The slightly domed sides adorned using the invisible setting technique are paved with white diamonds arranged in a regular mesh pattern featuring cleanly cut angles.
This method serves to create a smooth, uniform gemstone surface entirely covering the white gold “chassis”. To achieve this, their exact positions were first determined by 3D modelling. Each was then individually cut and horizontal slots were carved into the sides to secure them. They were then slid along rails forged from the metal structure. The main issue consists in carefully selecting the stones before cutting them and delicately placing them by hand. Several specialists cooperated in this painstaking work.

In addition to the diamonds adorning the three pyramids and the pin buckle, Médor Serti Baguette also features these gemstones at its very heart, since the dial is adorned with an invisible-set rosette motif.

Médor Serti Baguette flaunts 656 diamonds including a Ceylon-cut diamond set on the crown, making a grand total of 17.8 carats. Housed in the square white gold case, a quartz calibre drives the hours and minutes hands. The smooth sapphire blue or geranium alligator strap is hand-crafted.

Technical details
Model: Médor Serti Baguette

Shape/dimensions:  Square, 23.3 mm x 23.3 mm
Material:  White gold set with 312 baguette-cut diamonds and crown set with 1 Ceylon-cut diamond; White gold pyramids set with 218 baguette-cut diamonds
Diamond quality: Top Wesselton V.V.S “rare white” to “rare white plus”
Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bar

Quartz, Swiss made

Hours, minutes

750 white gold set with 86 baguette-cut diamonds

Smooth sapphire blue alligator
Buckle: White gold pin buckle set with 39 baguette-cut diamonds

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