Classic Clean Lines at Hermès

Lara Mansour   |   14 - 09 - 2016

Slim d’Hermès 

The Slim d’Hermès inspires a cadence based on pure, restrained lines. From the design of the case to the outline of the numerals, the collection sets the pace for a return to the quintessence of the watchmaking art. Graphic arts and horological skills meet and mingle in perfect harmony in a quest for aesthetic purity. The in-house expertise is expressed through the dial, the case and the ultra-thin Manufacture calibre. The exceptionally understated lines are accentuated by the slenderness of the case, while the design of the lugs forms a right angle.

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Arceau   

Hermès has extended its signature Arceau line with new 36mm quartz timepieces for ladies. The steel set version is offered with 1 ct of diamonds and comes with a mother-of-pearl dial, the non-set version features a white lacquered dial. There are over 60 interchangeable strap colours available, in both alligator and calf.

Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the Arceau combines elegance and style with harmoniously balanced proportions and is the most classical of Hermès watches. Inspired by the characteristic elegance of horses, its asymmetric lugs echo the shape and curve of a stirrup.

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Pocket Plein Cuir

The Pocket plein cuir honours the leather-making and watchmaking expertise cultivated by the Maison. Finely crafted in the Hermès workshops, this new pocket watch is comfortably nestled inside a colourful alligator jacket. It features a surprising fastening system and an equally unusual leather sheath. This horological object harmoniously associates the science of time measurement with the art of travel and leather craftsmanship.

Two saddle-making techniques are combined in this timepiece, through-seam stitching and so- ‘full-grain leather’. Production continues in the sewing atelier with the indenting operation, then comes the sewing phase as such. The model is then beautifully finished by heat-smoothing the outer and inner edges edges and dyeing both parts, before coating them with protective beeswax. The watch itself is also created in the Hermès workshops. Its 750 white gold case frames a precious and rare dial crafted using the ancient Grand Feu enamel technique that implies several manual operations.

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