The French luxury manufacturer, Hermès, found inspiration for its latest model from a silk scarf designed by the graphic designer, Laetitia Bianchi. Also, for this novelty, Hermès adopted a mother-of-pearl dial as a canvas on which the art of miniature painting is highlighted.
Hermès Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique Watch combines classic techniques of Métiers d’Art with modern design. The watch is produced in the ultra limited series of only six numbered pieces each featuring an array of feathers, flowers, birds and leaves in vibrant colors, which evoke the 15th and the 16th century tapestries after which it is named.
The beautiful and vivid dial is nicely rounded with a white gold case crafted in the Hermès workshops. Actually, the entire watch has been crafted within the in-house workshops.
The process of creating this exceptional dial starts with the artisan who begins by transferring onto the mother-of-pearl the motif drawing inspiration from a Hermès silk scarf by the respected graphic designer, Laetitia Bianchi. Once the outlines of the pattern have been sketched out more clearly, the artisan prepares the palette of colors.
Handling the tip of his brush with utmost delicacy, he applies more than 20 layers one by one interspersed by successive firings in the oven to dry the painting (at the temperature 90°C). After all these processes, the dial gradually reveals its countless subtle nuances enlivened by tiny touches of color.
The beating power of the new Hermès Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique Watch is the impeccable Hermès H1950 self-winding movement that operates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz). The 29 jewels movement can store enough power to keep the watch ticking for approximately 42 hours when fully wound.
The watch is housed in an elegant, white gold case which measures 39.5mm in diameter. The case is protected with glare-proofed sapphire crystals and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
Loyal to the design codes of the Hermès Slim collection, this refined newcomer boasts light, pared-down lines and comes with a smooth green alligator leather strap, fitted with a white gold buckle.