In 2015, La Montre Hermès creative director Philippe Delhotal created the Slim d’Hermès, a line that is known for its calm lines and slender case. Its minimalist leanings became a hit, and has since become a favorite in its segment. Named after the flat movement that was developed specifically for it, the timepiece was one in tandem with the graphic designer and typographer Philippe Apeloig, who devised a font as part of the design.
Since then, Delhotal and his team release several iterations in their quest to make it a staple collection that would be a label in itself, one that would carry a variety of metals, sizes, and functions. But certain elements remain through the years: delicate curves, angular lugs, Apeloig’s font adorned in the dial, and the H1950 self-winding movement adorned with Hs.
The most recent addition of the line, Slim d’Hermès Titane, largely continues its sober inclinations, but with more sporty-urban touches. Sleek lines and playful contrasts set a resolutely dynamic and bold tone for the new piece. It features an ultra-thin 39.5 mm diameter case made from lightweight micro-blasted grade 2 titanium topped by a circular satin bezel.
This generously wide and perfectly legible dial is composed of three parts: a chapter ring with cut-out Arabic numerals, a nely snailed center swept over by slim baton-type hands, and a frosted crystal small seconds counter. Orange accents enliven the dial and match the burnishing on the matt graphite leather strap. The indications on this watch face, with its distinctive font composed of beautifully spaced, airy numerals, are driven by the ultra-thin Manufacture Hermès H1950 movement. The sprinkling of Hs are still there while hand-bevelled bridges can be admired through the transparent sapphire caseback. The movement, case and strap are all developed and crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops.
Apart from the Slim d’Hermès Titane, the Parisian label’s Spring-Summer 2019 collection also features a livelier take on their objets. With the House’s theme year being “dream,” they make use of fanciful images such as rich sky lines and mythological creatures. These pieces show the whimsical and humorous side of the brand, and represent their audacious desire to create beautiful things.
Here are some of our favorites:
Étrivière shoulder bag in dynamo tech knit and hunter cowhide
Rooted in jacquard weave know-how, Dynamo Tech knit is used here for the first time in leather goods. It is flexible, durable, and offers a natural elasticity. The knit adds a different feel to this bag, the strap of which sports a stamped italic H.
Cityslide cross cosmos and haut à courroies cosmos bags in togo calfskin
Applied by hand during the tanning process, two colors spectrums that provide a perspective that is almost photograph-like. Each bag is one-of-a-kind.
Wallet in evercolor calfskin, goatskin and lizard
This wallet is held together by four saddle stitches and is a great example of of leather origami work. It is paired with a removable card holder in lizard.
Derby in denim canvas
This casual derby plays on contrasting materials and colors with dark denim canvas and a rubber sole in brick-red.
Loafer in nubuck
A loafer in the colors of summer, with sky-blue nubuck resting atop a brick-red rubber sole.
6-cm tie in embroidered silk knit
This sleek horse head is inspired by the Tête-à-tête équestre design by Anne-Margot Ramstein.
Sneaker in printed calfskin
The horse from the Pégase Pop silk scarf by Dimitri Rybaltchenko leaps onto this sneaker in white calfskin. Each foot gets its own print and color.
Terre d’hermès eau intense vétiver
Perfumer Christine Nagel brings a balance of potency and vitality to Terre d’Hermès. The vetiver rooted in the soil proliferates tenfold when exposed to light, and fuses with Sichuan pepper and bergamot.
Hermes is at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati. For more information, visit Hermes.com.