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Hermès - Slim d'Hermès Promenade de Longchamp

Hermès Slim d'Hermès Promenade de Longchamp

The dial of this new watch designed by Hermès is a great representation of the art of Persian miniature painting.

Pre-selected by the GPHG in the "Artistic Crafts" category, this watch appears in a 39.5 mm white gold case and is powered by the ultra-thin H1950 Manufacture d'Hermès movement with automatic winding. This watch, indicating hours and minutes, have a 42-hour power reserve and hand-bevelled bridges. Limited to 12 pieces, this model has a smooth sapphire blue or matt Havana alligator strap with a pin buckle. Regarding the dial, an unusual technical requiring meticulous operations was used.

Slim d'Hermès Promenade de Longchamp

Slim d'Hermès Promenade de Longchamp © Hermès

Dial's paintings

Hermès innovates in the field of watchmaking with a camel bone dial staging Persian miniature paintings. This age-old oriental technique is all about subtle alchemy, starting with the one between the bone powder and a mysterious resin forming the dial base. A porous surface was used to absorb the colours, entirely made from natural pigments: saffron, walnut, henna, pomegranate, lapis lazuli, turquoise, gold leaf and silver leaf. Philippe Ledoux drew his inspiration from a silk scarf to paint the Promenade de Longchamp. Designs were mixed in place with Gum Arabic (acacia gum) and a discreet layer of vanish was applied to protect these Persian miniatures.

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