Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hermès Miniature Painting Series - Slim d’Hermès Dans Un Jardin Anglais, Promenade De Longchamp, Slim d’Hermès Marche du Zambèze and Arceau Tyger Tyger

Hermès presents four limited series of exclusive wrist watches featuring miniature paintings. For this collection, in close communion with Hermès, artisans delicately apply pigments and colours with the tip of their brush to a dial made of enamel, mother-of-pearl – and even more surprisingly from camel bone. The art of miniature painting is the guiding principle of these meticulous operations.

SLIM D’HERMÈS DANS UN JARDIN ANGLAIS & PROMENADE DE LONGCHAMP
Hermès ventures into uncharted watchmaking territory, as time pursues its circular dance on a camel bone dial staging Persian miniature paintings. This age-old oriental technique is all about subtle alchemy. Firstly, between the bone powder and a mysterious resin forming the dial base.
A porous surface that absorbs the colours, entirely made from natural pigments: saffron, walnut, henna, pomegranate, lapis lazuli, turquoise, gold leaf and silver leaf. Then comes the turn of two motifs, each inspired by a silk scarf: Dans un Jardin anglais by Alice Shirley; and Promenade de Longchamp by Philippe Ledoux. Gum Arabic (acacia gum) is used to mix the designs in place, before protecting these Persian miniatures with a discreet layer of varnish.
Technical details
Models: Slim d’Hermès Dans Un Jardin Anglais & Promenade De Longchamp
12-piece limited and numbered editions

Case
Case in 750 white gold (≈ 34 g)
Round, 39.5 mm in diameter, 20 mm lug width
Size: Large Model (GM)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Persian miniature painting on camel bone
Dans un Jardin Anglais” motif designed by Alice Shirley
“Promenade de Longchamp” motif designed by Philippe Ledoux

Movement
Manufacture Hermès ultra-thin H1950 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
30 mm (13 ¼ ’’’) in diameter
2.6 mm thick
166 components, 29 jewels
Frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
42-hour power reserve
Hand-bevelled bridges adorned with the “sprinkling of Hs” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Smooth sapphire blue or matt Havana alligator equipped with a 17 mm pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.34 g)

SLIM D’HERMÈS MARCHE DU ZAMBÈZE
A mother-of-pearl disc, colours that take on exceptional luminosity by dint of patience, talent and successive firings in the kiln: such is the process involved in creating the Slim d’Hermès Marche du Zambèze. Miniature painting gives rise to shimmering colours brimming with joyfulness and subtle nuances. Wild beasts and exotic plants spring to life on this dial carrying a hint of the southern hemisphere.
Technical details
Model: Slim d’Hermès Marche Du Zambèze
12-piece limited and numbered edition

Case
750 white gold (≈ 34 g)
Round, 39.5 mm in diameter, 20 mm lug width
Size: Large Model (GM)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Miniature painting on natural white mother-of-pearl
“Marche du Zambèze” motif

Movement
Manufacture Hermès ultra-thin H1950 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
30 mm (13 ¼ ’’’) in diameter
2.6 mm thick
166 components, 29 jewels
Frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
42-hour power reserve
Hand-bevelled bridges adorned with the “sprinkling of Hs” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Smooth ember alligator equipped with a 17 mm pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.34 g)

ARCEAU TYGER TYGER
For the Tyger Tyger motif, everything began in 2015 with a silk scarf created by Alice Shirley, a designer and illustrator closely attuned to the spirit of the Maison. The lush vegetation surrounding the tiger is transformed into glass powder in order to give life, after various skilfully elaborated firings, to the miniature enamel painted dial. Illuminated by the chiaroscuro of a full moon night, the majestic feline takes shape with the placing of tiny gold wires marking off the surfaces to be enamelled. It is then that the cloisonné enamel technique comes into play.
Technical details
Model: Arceau Tyger Tyger

Case
750 white gold (≈ 51.26 g)
Round, 41 mm in diameter, 21 mm lug width
Size: Large Model (GM)
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
750 white gold (≈ 7 g) enamelled using miniature painting and cloisonné enamel techniques
“Tyger Tyger” motif designed by Alice Shirley

Movement
Manufacture Hermès ultra-thin H1937 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
26 mm (11 ½ ’’’) in diameter
3.7 mm thick
193 components, 28 jewels
Frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
50-hour power reserve
Decoration: circular-grained and snailed mainplate, Satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, “Sprinkling of Hs” motif

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Matt indigo alligator equipped with a 17 mm pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.34 g)

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