Hermès watchmaking segment has unveiled its unique creation, which was born as a liaison between the engraving and enamel. These two techniques were united to create the art of watchmaking, with a delicate game of subtle shades and textures. This model represents and evokes Hermès annual theme, which this year is “Nature in full gallop.”
On this timer we can see a big cat – a panther, which is located on its dial pad, and is an illustration by the artist Robert Dallet, who has worked in the eighties with the famous brand. Slim d’Hermes Pocket Panthere watch is unique and represents a real treasure of the world of watchmaking.
Panther fits perfectly into the back of the dial, which is inspired by winter. As the work of two masters of engraving and enamel, this pocket watch presents a new artistic direction.
Created on the basis of their distinguished experience and combined skills, this model unveils something original and unprecedented.
Before work began, each detail of the motif was studied in order define the passages of the engraver’s graving tool and of the enameller’s brush. Together, these artisans break free of the constraints and limitations imposed by their techniques in order to create a vibrantly beautiful work. Materials, shimmering reflections combine to form a harmoniously balanced whole.
Panter, the only element on the watch that is not engraved – is miniature enamel painted using the “Grand Feu” enamelling technique. The enamel powder is applied with a brush and alternately mixed with water or oil. To fix the material in place and for each new colour, the piece is fired in the kiln at an extremely high temperature. The micro-fragments melt and are transformed into glass. Patience is of the essence, since the dial of the Slim d’Hermès Pocket Panthère involves up to 25 firing cycles. Adding technical performance to artistic flair, Hermès’ ultra-thin 2.6mm H1950 calibre with 42-hour power reserve beats underneath the detailed watch face.