Hermès Celebrates the Majesty of Nature with New Intricate Compositions

All the launches leading up to Watches & Wonders Geneva highlight the artistry and watchmaking expertise of the House

By Debbie Hathway

Slim d’Hermès Le Sacre des saisons presents a captivating blend of nature’s splendour and whimsical animal kingdom, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship from the Parisian House. With four limited-edition models adorned with paillonné enamel, engraving, or miniature painting, this collection vividly interprets the cycle of the seasons.

Designed by Philippe Delhotal in 2015, Slim d’Hermès embodies the essence of Hermès: a unique combination of rigorous discipline and pleasing balance. Its contemporary yet timeless lines evoke the distinctive style and imaginary world of Hermès.

Drawing inspiration from the silk scarf titled Le Sacre des saisons, designed by artist Pierre Marie, this collection boldly reinterprets tradition yet with a light touch.

Featuring a sun-haloed lion, an eagle with leafy wings, an ice-crowned wolf, and a horse draped in flowers, each animal symbolises a season and embodies the narrative universe and baroque fantasy of the French designer. Reflecting the beauty of nature and the passage of time, these motifs are inspired by the costumes of 17th- and 20th-century French and Russian ballets. This playful bestiary reveals unique and precious skills.

These four extraordinary watches, encased in refined gold cases, eloquently showcase Hermès’ watchmaking mastery. They are powered by the Manufacture H1950 ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement. Limited to 12 pieces each, they are paired with a matt or smooth alligator leather strap.

Arceau Mon Premier Galop: A Journey in Motion

Silk threads intertwine with colourful leather fragments against a clear enamel sky, capturing the initial strides of a galloping horse. The horse comprises silk threads and fine tesserae in leather that must first be trimmed to just 0.5 mm thick. Individually assembled on the dial, the leather and silk threads are enlivened by a tiny hand-painted gold mobile applique.

Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the timeless Arceau watch embraces transformation. Its round case with stirrup-shaped lugs showcases a blend of highly creative and demanding artistic crafts. Enhanced with leather marquetry, silk threads, and miniature painting, the Arceau Mon Premier Galop watch combines various skills in a joyful interpretation of artist Tong Ren’s Mon Premier Galop shawl.

The sapphire case-back reveals the finishes and the ‘sprinkling of Hs’ motif adorning the bridges and oscillating weight.

Limited to 24 pieces, this watch in white gold adorned with diamonds beats to the rhythm of the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement, offering a fascinating interplay of light and texture.

Arceau Petite Lune: Journey Under the Stars 

Graced with textured mother-of-pearl, midnight blue lacquer, and sparkling diamonds, the Arceau Petite Lune watch depicts a journey beneath a starry canopy of space. Its steel case, embellished with diamonds, frames a celestial dial that captures the imagination with its star-studded night sky.

Powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement, this timepiece offers a mesmerising display of deep hues, complemented by a sapphire-blue alligator strap linking to Hermès’ expertise in saddlery and leather goods.

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