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KATHERINE S. CUNANAN
April 13, 2021    |    

Time to party with Hermès

From scarf to watch, Hermès bring us a whimsical party in the Slim D’ Hermès C’est la fête wristwatch.

In 2012, Hermès released a men’s silk scarf designed by Daiske Nomura. Hermès scarves and ties run the design spectrum of serious to playful, and this one was a mix of both. It featured a gentleman on horseback, dressed in a tailcoat and top hat. Serious. But the gentleman was actually a skeleton, and so was his horse. Playful.

The Slim d’ Hermès watch was first released in 2015, with elegance and style that the brand is known for. Hermès now brings these two – scarf and watch – together on the latest Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête wristwatch. Hermès has taken a playful design from a scarf and reimagined it on the dial of a watch. The design implies a formal party that is also playful and tongue-in-cheek. Note that this is a watch with a skeleton, but not a skeletonized watch; yet another thing to chuckle about.

Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête
Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête
Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête
Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête
Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête

The skilled artisans of Hermès bring the man and horse to life (no pun intended) on the dial through engraving and enamel work, in miniature, because a dial is only so big. The rider’s emotions and depth are clearly visible, thanks to the skilled hands of Hermès. The paillonné enamel is time-consuming but definitely worth the man-hours and effort. The enamel work brings depth to the design with an interplay of light and transparent areas.

The Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête wristwatch has a case of white gold and a strap of Abyss blue alligator. Powered by the H1950 ultra-thin movement, it has a power reserve of 42 hours and has the hours and minutes functions. The Slim d’ Hermès C’est la fête watch is a limited edition of 8 numbered pieces.