At first glance, the Slim d’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente is your typical Hermes watch. Especially the font of the numerals and the shape of the lugs contribute to this unmistakable style. But on second glance: what are those indicators at the bottom of the dial, and why does it have not only an extra crown but also a pusher on the left side of the case? Because this Hermes comes with a very unique complication!
The automatic movement gives you the ability to set a reminder. On the small dial, you can pick any time, twelve hours in advance by using the second crown. An hour before the pre-set time arrives, the small hand begins to move as well, almost like it is building up the excitement. When the time has been reached, a hammer inside the movement will hit a wire gong and will let you know this most elegantly and unobtrusively.
With the Slim d’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente has Hermes created the gentleman’s version of the alarm watch. Most alarm watches has a sound that is similar to that of an angry rattlesnake, yet with the Hermes, you are actually looking forward to hearing your reminder, unless you have of course a dentist appointment.
It is not only the complication that makes this watch the choice of gentlemen, but also the way the rest of the Slim d’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente is crafted will appeal to those who enjoy a more elegant watch. The red gold case is 40.5mm in diameter, which makes it large enough to not only house the movement, but also create a very balanced dial. However, it does keep the overall size of the watch nicely in check and combined with its slim profile it is a pleasure to wear. The lugs and the numerals give the watch that Hermes twist, while the leather strap is one of the best in the industry, which should, of course, be a given based on the brand’s rich history when it comes to crafting high-end leather goods. All combined does it make the Slim d’Hermes L’Heure Impatiente an extraordinary proposition; an elegant watch with a refreshing new take on a traditional complication!