To fully grasp the significance of the new collection we are presenting here in the Perpetual Calendar version, it is worth recalling that the last launch of a watch line by Hermès dates back to the Cape Cod in 1991. Four years of gestation have contributed to a harmonious, high-quality result bearing the aesthetic signature of an expert pair of “Philippes”, and technically developed by an experienced mechanical tandem.
The most visually striking feature is the distinctive font of the numerals created by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig, perfectly in tune with the global aesthetic scenography by Philippe Delhotal. The Artistic Director has managed to achieve a set of rigorously balanced elements and admirably restrained proportions, from the slender case to the right-angled lugs topping an open dial featuring apertures that are clearly legible (except perhaps as usual the leap-year at 9 o’clock).
The back reveals the beating heart of the ultra-thin self-winding movement by the Manufacture Vaucher, complete with a module made by Agenhor, whose founder Jean-Marc Wiederrecht has played a recurrent rule in Hermès creations.
The bridges are personalized for Hermès and the ensemble is adorned with the famous “sprinkled Hs” motif. Alongside the perpetual calendar indications, the Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel also displays a second timezone at 6 o’clock. The value of this model is all the more appreciable in that it is matched by an extremely attractive quality-price ratio, and that only a hundred or so lucky owners will be able to enjoy it during this first launch year.
Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel
Case : 750 5N pink gold, sapphire crystal back, water-resistant to 30m
Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber H1950 by Vaucher, Agenhor module, 42h power reserve), “sprinkled Hs” motif, micro-rotor, hand-beveled bridges
Functions : hours, minutes, perpetual calendar, moon phases, dual-time display, day/night indicator Dial : opaline silver-toned, numerals featuring an exclusive font, mother-of-pearl moon appearing against an aventurine sky
Strap : matt havana or black alligator, pink gold pin buckle