Hermès’s Slim d’Hermes Minuit au Faubourg

by Chamath Gamage

Hermès has just unveiled a very special graphic timepiece, a watch that showcases the brand’s love for horses. Agile hooves, a confident trot with grace and elegance, the centre of attention in this timepiece is the beautiful stallion. 

The Slim d’Hermes Minuit au Faubourg brings together the world of pop art along with the city of Paris to create miniature horological artwork that is produced as two variations limited to 24 timepieces each. The design theme of the watch has been derived from the silk scarf designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko back in 2014. 

The colourful dial is beautifully portrayed, leaving you with a sense of wanderlust. The dial on both variations of the Slim d’Hermes Minuit au Faubourg is portrayed with the Eiffel Tower standing out against a sky streaked with clouds and studded with Aventurine stars. This view is seen to be overlooking the stunning sloping zinc Parisian roofs that reflect the bluish gleam of the moon and the rosy glow of the setting sun. Iconic settings like the dome of the Invalides, the obelisk on Place de la Concorde, and the wings of the Moulin Rouge can all be seen within this miniature artwork. 

At the bottom of the dial, we see Super H ready to take flight, a superbly proud and majestic comic-strip Pegasus. His cape fluttered in the wind, revealing the orange-brown H, the iconic symbol of Hermès. At the top portion of the dial, we can see the Eiffel Tower beaming up the letter H into the sky in a batman-like superhero call out. This beam of light, along with the letter H, is made from Super-Luminova so that at night, all we can see on the dial is this symbol. 

Hermès’s Slim d’Hermes Minuit au Faubourg comes in a 39.5mm white gold case (both variants) with a water resistance of 3 bar (30m). The first version of the watch shows the Parisian scene during dusk, with the sun setting giving a reddish tone to the overall look of the painting. To match this colour, Hermès has given this version a geranium alligator leather strap. 

The second version portrays the painting during nighttime, with an overall dark blue tone to show the night sky. To match this, Hermès has given this model an abyss blue alligator leather strap as standard. 

Both models are offered with Hermès’s Manufacture ultra-thin H1950 movement. This self-winding mechanical movement operates at a frequency of 3hz (21, 600 VpH) and can give a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. 

Combining iconic elements of the brand and then hand-drawing them into micro-painting with the Parisian scene certainly makes this a playful yet elegant timepiece. 

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