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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


Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm

Case : steel or 750 5N pink gold (28.7g), sapphire crystal case-back, water-resistant to 30m  Size : 39.5mm  Movement : mechanical self-winding (ultra-thin Caliber H1950, 42h power reserve, hand-beveled bridges, micro-rotor  Functions : hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock  Dial : opaline silver-toned, black transferred Arabic numerals and minute circle  Strap : havana or black matt alligator leather, steel or 750 pink gold pin buckle (5.2g)

To fully grasp the significance of the new Slim d’Hermès collection we are presenting here in the Perpetual Calendar version, it is worth recalling that the last previous launch of a full watch line by Hermès (mechanical and quartz for ladies and men) dates back to the Cape Cod in 1991. Three 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 Creative and Developement 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.


With the Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, three graceful circles on the front displaying the time indications provide ample scope for the exclusive dial font while enabling at-a-glance readings. Hermès’ determination to aim for essentials results in lines distinguished by their elementary sobriety, expressed through the slenderness of a case. The broad dial opening immediately draws the gaze, while the design of the lugs forms a right angle. The extreme simplicity of this watch conveys a movement towards essentials in a rigorous, beautifully balanced manner. Doubtless a model that women will relish borrowing from their husbands !

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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