HERMES – SLIM D’HERMÈS GRRRRR!
FEROCITY ON YOUR WRIST
Hermès, a company that generally brings out watches with a simple, classic design, has let itself go with a wild creation tinged with humour: the Slim d’Hermès GRRRRR!
And with humour that was little suspected on the part of the House of Hermès! Bringing together such an imposing animal as a bear and a timepiece where fine precision and miniature tools are required for the manufacturing and the design does indeed raise a smile. And yet, the result is a wild success. This is the Slim d’Hermès GRRRRR!
This is not just any old bear, however, but the work of the artist Alice Shirley, who originally brought the beast to life for a Hermès silk scarf. The enameller Jean-Luc Peter then took up the reins and transferred the wild animal to an enamel dial. Handling miniature enamel is technically very tricky. On the 39.5 mm, white gold dial, the artisan enameller placed pigment after pigment, each one helping to make the animal’s expression ever more fearsome. And the expression is so well conveyed thanks to the craftsman’s unmatched precision between the drying stages and the dial’s enamel being placed in the kiln. So at each firing stage, the bear gained in life and power, despite its small size. The Slim d’Hermès GRRRRR! sees this animal from the forests come alive, at the heart of a timepiece beating to the rhythm of an extra-slim Hermès movement, the calibre H1950, just 2.6 mm thick, and made in Switzerland by Vaucher Manufacture. The calibre drives the hour and minute functions and provides the watch with a full 50 hours of power reserve.
The round white gold case on the Slim d’Hermès GRRRRR!, as well as the discreet lines on the white gold dial are now home for the wild animal, which doesn’t look much afraid. Hermès has produced a timepiece filled with humour and successfully tamed by the French brand’s artisan enamellers.
Price: €79,000 hermes.com
By Isabelle Guignet