Friday, July 7, 2017

Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente Only Watch

To support Only Watch charity event, Hermès has created a unique Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente timepiece. This mechanical wristwatch features the playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication that 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 complication houses inside a module measuring just 2.2 mm thick, powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement. This compact calibre 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.
Technical details
Model: Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente Only Watch
Unique piece

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’ functions

Dial
Black, opaline silvered ‘impatient hour’ sector and 12-hour disk
Yellow or charcoal grey transferred Arabic numerals, powdered silvered minute circle
Sunburst chapter ring, snailed centre and 12-hour disc, grained ‘impatient hour’ sector
Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton-type hands

Case
Round, 40.5 mm in diameter
Titanium grade 2 (Ti99%)
Shot-blast bezel, case middle and case-back
Crowns and push-piece in polished 316L steel
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar
20 mm interhorn width

Strap
Graphite matt alligator, yellow burnishing
Buckle in titanium grade 2 (Ti99%), 17mm
Pin in 316L steel

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