Hermès Slim d’Hermès Perspective Cavalière Series

May 3, 2015

Hermès offers its own interpretation of the “Perspective cavalière” (isometric perspective) through a set of exceptional new models featuring : Slim d’Hermès Perspective Cavalière. The dial is champlevé enamelled white gold in blue, red, yellow or white, with gold hands and a Perspective Cavalière motif borrowed from a Hermès scarf. If you look closely and creatively, you can see the motif includes formation of the phrase “Hermès Paris.” This type of watch is why I admire Hermès so much — modern and creative, yet artisinal and reliant upon traditional watchmaking techniques.

The expression of the motif starts on a gold plate. The artisan reproduces it in metal by forming small cells of various depths through careful workmanship with a tool known as a graver. Then comes the enamelling. The artisan uses to brush to delicately apply the molten glass powder in the cavities, before much like a painter giving life to the colours by successively firing them at temperatures of more than 800°C, thereby gradually revealing all the many nuances and depth effects. After each firing operation, the enameller sands down the piece with an ever-finer grain in order to give the model its radiance. In sum total, this is the champlevé enamel technique (which I describe at in-depth in this “enamel explained” primer).

Movement is an ultra-thin (2.6mm) “Hermès by Vaucher” caliber (automatic mechanical cal H1950) with micro-rotor and hand-chamfered bridges.

The case, in 18kt white gold, measures 39.5mm. This is a limited edition series — just 4 sets of 6 pieces each will be made.

words by Kyle Stults

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