In 2016, the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture collection welcomes new models paying tribute to the art of Grand Feu enamelling.
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 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 generous dial opening of this watch line provides an ideal space for the exceptional artistic crafts and expertise that are a brand signature. Hermès associates the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture with the rare technique of Grand Feu enamelling that involves perfect mastery of demanding yet delicate gestures.
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 second 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 bridge, reflect profound respect for watchmaking traditions and like all Hermès movements, Calibre H1950 is carpeted with a “sprinkling of Hs” motif.
From initial sketch to final timepiece, Slim d’Hermès Manufacture composes a majestic symphony skilfully interweaving graphic arts with watchmaking techniques. The experience acquired over the years enables the artisan to master all the subtle aspects of each stage. A dial calls for eight hours of work. Watchmakers used to apply the expertise of “Grand Feu” enamelling to dials.
Nonetheless, with the emergence of other skills, this demanding technique has become a rarity. “Grand Feu” enamelling is distinguished by its exceptional qualities, such as the inalterable intensity of its colour, as well as its surface featuring an organic and vibrant effect.
Slim d’Hermès Émail grand feu comes with a rose gold case featuring a slender design and is fitted with a matt havana alligator strap crafted in the Hermès leather workshops and stemming from the saddlery and leather-making expertise cultivated by the Maison.
Model: Slim d’Hermès Émail grand feu
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
Jewelling: 29 jewels
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour / 3 Hz
Decoration: Special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Distinctive feature: Micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Round, 39.5 mm diameter
5N 750 rose gold (≈33.8 g)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistance: To 3 bar
Inter-horn width: 20 mm
White enamelled dial, black enamelled transferred minutes track and Arabic numerals. 4N-gilded sandblasted Baton hands
Matt havana alligator
Buckle: 17 mm pin buckle in 5N 750 rose gold (≈4.89 g)