Hemès is on a diet this year. The French luxury brand introduced Slim d’Hermès, a new collection of ultra-thin watches, at Baselworld 2015. But if the brand’s new watches cut an impressive figure, they continued to weight-in with impressive complications, including the Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar.
Admittedly, one of the most demanding horological complications, the perpetual calendar mechanism is presented in a slender 39.5 mm-diameter case.
This function consists of a complete calendar displaying day, date and month, automatically adjusting for leap years and provides a four-year display. It is associated with a moon-phase indication in natural mother-of-pearl set against an aventurine glass sky, as well as a dual-time display. Consider all of this in a ultra-thin composition, and you’ll understand why Hermès made quite an impression at this year’s fair.
The impressive self-wound movement that orchestrates this function is housed in an equally artful chassis, comprising a rose gold case with a opaline silvered dial on which the original typography created by graphic designer Philippe Apelog marks the hours.
If you are a purist, it is most likely you will be drawn to the Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar, which could be considered the cornerstone of the design vision of Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès. The light and airy outline of the numerals on the dial impart a great escape from daily routine.
The ultra-thin in-house mechanical self-winding movement H1950 has a power reserve of 42 hours and is decorated with the special Hermes touch where a sprinkling of H symbols, while the bridges are hand-bevelled in keeping with watchmaking traditions.
What isn’t there to love about Hermès’ leather straps? You can opt either for a matt havana alligator strap or a matt black alligator. Symbolising a return to the fundamentals of watchmaking art, the new Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar watch delivers a minimalistic watch with the msot complex of mechanics.