They arouse emotions and open up interludes–qualities that make Hermès watches so special, writes Hiren Kumar Bose
Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel Platine
The apparent simplicity of the all-blue-clad Quantième Perpétuel Platine 39.5mm immediately draws the gaze. The numerals with their font specially designed for the Slim collection stand out with light and airy grace. While the date, month, dual-time and leap-year indications are displayed on various counters, a mother-of-pearl moon phase graces an aventurine sky backdrop at 3 o’clock. The elegant and graphic dial melts seamlessly into the surrounding precious platinum case. The remarkably technical ultra-thin Manufacture H1950 movement is equipped with one of the most demanding horological complications: a perpetual calendar. This authentic ‘mechanical memory’ ensures that the date of months with 30 and 31 days is automatically adjusted, while taking account of leap years by indicating February 29th every four years without any need for corrections. Adorned with a ‘sprinkling of Hs’ and meticulously hand-bevelled, the movement also powers day/night, dual-time and moon-phase indications within a composition measuring just 4 mm thick. This impressive demonstration of horological expertise may be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.
Slim d’Hermès L’heure Impatiente
The effervescence of the wait is entirely summed up in 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 40.5mm watch distinguished by its blend of aesthetic and technical finesse. The jubilant ritual 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 feelings and heightens the 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. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation.
Nantucket Très Grand Modèle
Focused on women, its Chaîne d’ancre or “anchor chain” motif stands out thanks to its new configurations with a more stylized silhouette and a case that combines pink gold set or steel with matching Arabic figures. Downsizing does not mean simplifying, as is admirably demonstrated by this 17 x 23mm extremely dainty Nantucket watch. Available in steel or gem-set rose gold versions, it is teamed with colourful single or double wrap-around straps lending the final touch to its resolutely elegant aura.
Cape Cod consistently adapts to the mood of the times, expressing creative abundance through fascinating interpretations of the original design. Colourful touches on the dial Blue, anthracite or black: the Cape Cod dial appears in new shades that are echoed in an indigo blue, graphite matt or black matte alligator strap. At the heart of these subtle visual orchestrations, time is steadily marked off to the rhythm of a watch mechanism created by Hermès: the Manufacture H1912 movement. In this, 33 x 33 mm model, the dials are also attired in lacquer, as Cape Cod sets the stage for subtly graded shades of red and brown, creating reflections that shimmer delicately across the surface. From cutting to the final burnishing, as well as the famous “saddle stitching”, the same meticulous operations are tirelessly repeated in the Hermès workshops. This hand-crafted expertise enables the Maison to offer unusual approaches: a wristband formed from a traditional strap merged into a cuff strap and made in alligator or Barénia calfskin, or a two-tone smooth calfskin strap combining Malta blue with Hermès red or étoupe.
Arceau Très Grand Modèle
The Arceau watch plays on a paradoxical blend of classicism and fanciful design. The distinctive features of the Arceau watch are its font inspired by the elegance of a galloping mount, along with its asymmetrical lugs. It takes considerable pleasure in making light of conventional design codes so as to live its own time. The dial is available in a choice of two new shades: blue lacquered or hazelnut brown. Beneath the latter beats Manufacture Hermès Calibre H1837, a mechanism intended not to tame time, but instead to impart a specific cadence to each and every moment, savoured like a veritable object of desire. Practical, functional and stemming from uncompromising expertise, the 40mm watch radiates the lightness of the unexpected.