This extreme simplicity symbolises the return to the fundamentals of the watchmaking art. This is so far my Baselworld 2015 favourite.
In Basel Hermès presents a new watch collection born of a stylistic exercise on the theme of aesthetic purity: Slim d’Hermès.
This determination to aim for essentials results in lines distinguished by their elementary sobriety, expressed through the slenderness of a case. The broad dial opening immediately draws the gaze, while the design of the lugs forms a right angle.
The extreme simplicity of this watch conveys a movement towards essentials in a rigorous, beautifully balanced manner.
Slim d’Hermès, designed by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès, testifies to the graphic approach of the house through the original typography created by Philippe Apeloig to mark the hours. The light, airy outline of the numerals imparts a lively rhythm that gives time a pleasing cadence.
The 39,5 mm-diameter model is powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1950 ultra-thin movement. The integration of a micro-rotor serves to slim down this self-winding calibre that only measures 2.6 mm.
Like the other models from the Manufacture, this movement is adorned with the “sprinkling of H” motif, while the bridges are hand-bevelled in keeping with watchmaking traditions.
A sapphire crystal case-back affords a glimpse of the details conveying this expertise. Time is displayed in its simplest expression showing only the hours, minutes and seconds.
The 39.5 mm-diameter model may be equipped with a perpetual calendar mechanism. This function, which counts off the days and months while taking account of leap years and thus provides a four-year display, is associated with a moon-phase indication in natural white mother-of-pearl set against an aventurine glass sky, as well as a dual-time display in an ultra-thin composition.
Slim d’Hermès delivers its supremely pure definition of time, symbolising a return to the fundamentals of the watchmaking art. In keeping with the proud traditions of Hermès, Slim d’Hermès provides broad scope for highlighting handcrafted skills, be they historical or unprecedented in the watchmaking field, in giving rise to truly exceptional creations.