Friday, March 31, 2017

Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

The Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente is endowed with a complication that invites us to look forward to an upcoming moment. The effervescence of the wait is entirely summed up in a module measuring just 2.2 mm thick, powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement.
This compact caliber housed in a spacious case, the use of thinner than usual crystals, and finally the 1 mm dial that resonates with the vibration of the striking mechanism: everything contributes to optimising the volume of air within this watch distinguished by its blend of aesthetic and technical finesse.

The jubilant ritual consists of setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion and its progress can be followed at 6 o’clock on the dial.
This complication that stirs our feelings and heightens our sense of pleasurable expectation is an exquisite torture that culminates when the note rings out. The striking mechanism has been designed to ensure a lasting, velvety-smooth sound that is also delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. The playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication is based on this companionable rapport.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement
23.9 mm in diameter, 3.7 mm thick
193 components, 28 jewels
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve of 42 hours
Circular-grained and snailed mainplate, bridges and oscillating weight satin-brushed and adorned with the signature H pattern

Module
“Impatient Hour” module
31.96 mm in diameter, 2.2 mm thick
131 components, 8 jewels
Mainplate and bridges adorned with “Côtes de Genève”

Functions
Hours, minutes, “Impatient Hour” function

Dial
Opaline silvered
Black transferred Arabic numerals and minute circle
Sunburst chapter ring, snailed centre and counter
4N-gilded sandblasted or blue lacquered baton-type hands

Case
Round, 40.5 mm in diameter
Material: 5N 750 rose gold (≈ 38.1 g)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar
20 mm interhorn width

Strap
Abyss blue matt alligator
Pin buckle in 5N 750 rose gold (≈ 4.89 g), 17 mm

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