It feels like Hermès novelties for the year are seeing no end. Hermès kicked off 2021 with new timepieces at Watches and Wonders 2021, held in April -- the H08 and Slim d'Hermès C'est la fête. Soon, the brand unveiled two more exquisite and whimsical watches - the Arceau Space Derby and Slim d'Hermès La Source de Pégase.
Adding more to their fast-expanding catalogue, Hermès recently introduced another Slim d'Hermès -- the Slim d'Hermès Squelette Lune. It instantly caught our attention with its skeletonised dial with blue hands and blue stitching on its alligator leather strap. Deep shades, and matte and glossy finishes strike one immediately about the design.
The round case and angular lugs of the Slim d'Hermès Squelette Lune are a bold move. The bead-blasted titanium case-middle is finished by a platinum bezel and a white gold crown creating subtle light that all come together to give the watch its distinctive character.
It's high point for us is the black gold sunburst flange and grey-transferred minutes track with blue PVD-coated hands -- a playful dial exuding both simplicity and panache. Hermès is known for its dreamlike design aesthetic, and here too it is offered in abundance with its overall construction, especially its double moon-phase at 6 o'clock.
Powering the Slim d'Hermès Squelette Lune's is the ultra-thin self-winding Hermès H1953 Manufacture movement. Its 39.5mm case and matte graphite alligator strap are crafted by artisans in the Hermès Horloger workshop. In the past, the Slim d'Hermès collection has welcomed some of the Maison's thinnest timepieces for women like the Slim d'Hermès 25mm in steel and rose gold; in gem-set and non-gem-set versions that were driven by a quartz movement. The collection also boasts ladies pieces in 32mm steel and rose gold cases with attractive strap options like ultraviolet or ember alligator straps.
SLIM D'HERMÈS COLLECTION
The Slim d'Hermès collection was created in 2015 and since then it has given many intriguing pieces like the Slim d'Hermès Perpetual Calendar and Slim d'Hermès GRRRR, which blends the delicate technique of miniature enamel painting with a gruff bear. The collection has been designed by Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès.
The Slim d'Hermès bears witness to the graphic approach of the house through the original typography created by Philippe Apeloig -- a French graphic designer and typographer -- to mark the hours. If you look closely at the design of the hour markers, you will notice a light and airy outline of the numerals. In the past, the collection collection has welcomed some of the Maison's thinnest timepieces for women (the Slim d'Hermès 25mm in steel and rose gold) in gem-set and non-gem-set versions that were driven by a quartz movement.
Below are (from left to right) Slim d'Hermès 25mm in steel, rose gold and Slim d'Hermès 32mm in steel, rose gold.
Be it the mechanical brilliance or artistic composition, the Slim d'Hermès collection exudes high art of watchmaking that pays homage to the traditions of the house.