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Published by Sugar & Cream, Monday 11 March 2024

Images courtesy of Hermès

Crafted by Experienced Artisans

Depicting Nature’s bounty and a whimsical animal world, Slim d’Hermès embodies exceptional expertise. Four limited-edition models adorned with paillonné enamel, engraving, or miniature painting vividly interpret the cycle of the seasons.

Crafted by experienced artisans, Slim d’Hermès Le Sacre des saisons highlights a palette of skills that are as demanding as they are remarkable. Each embodying a season, four animal figures drawn from a Hermès silk scarf take on a new artistic dimension on the dial in a profusion of nuances and captivating details.

Designed by Philippe Delhotal in 2015, Slim d’Hermès expresses the very essence of Hermès: a singularity that is all about rigorous discipline and pleasing balance. Its pure, contemporary yet timeless lines evoke the inimitable style and imaginary world of Hermès. Showcasing a range of rare and often unexpected crafts, it boldly – yet with a light touch – revisits the silk scarf titled Le Sacre des saisons designed by artist Pierre Marie.

A sun-haloed lion, an eagle with unfurled leafy wings, an ice-crowned wolf, and a horse with a flower-strewn mantle: each animal symbolizes a season and embodies the narrative universe and baroque fantasy of the French designer. The beauty of Nature and the depth of time are reflected in the richness of the motifs, inspired by the costumes of 17th and 20th-century French and Russian ballets. Appearing on a refined dial elegantly framed by a gold case, this mischievous bestiary reveals unique and precious skills.

In winter, an ice wolf in paillonné enamel twirls in a white gold case set with 52 baguette-cut diamonds. This meticulous technique consists of inserting gold or silver flakes between enamel layers to create a play on light, transparency, and depth.

Framed by a rose gold case set with 66 diamonds, spring – in the form of a horse adorned with luxuriant flowers – is born from the patient touch of the artisan who uses a brush to numerous micro-paint layers to lemon chrysoprase stone.

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Summer, symbolized by a radiant lion, is engraved in sapphire crystal and painted from the back of the dial. This process gives it depth and brilliance, accentuated by the white gold case set with 66 diamonds.

Finally, autumn takes shape in the hollows and reliefs of the gold, sculpted using traditional burins and chisels. Its hand-painted features and volumes reveal a flamboyant eagle that unfurls its wings within the slender white gold case.

Eloquently expressing Hermès’ watchmaking expertise, these four remarkable watches are powered by a Manufacture H1950 ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement. Each issued in a 12-piece edition, they are paired with a matt or smooth alligator leather strap, crafted by the in-house leather-making expertise.

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