Hermès’ New Limited-Edition Watches
The Hermès silk scarf series of metiers d’art dials is quickly becoming one of the most dependable and consistently inventive themed limited edition series. To be fair, it’s a narrow audience, which is what makes it such a daring venture. The notion that “it’s not for everyone” defines a high-end rarity. Check the news Hermès’ New Limited-Edition Watches on Switzerland based Lifestyle Magazine- Kenleaks Magazine.
The dials of each watch are replicas of Hermès scarves—in this case, designs from the 2022 collection—the patterns of which are scaled down and replicated utilizing several watchmaking skills such as wood marquetry, enameling, miniature painting, and engraving—a difficult undertaking.
A peacock, a rabbit, a joyful monkey, a toucan with a top hat (Hermès adores toucans), and a turtle sporting a bowler hat—a tribute to the British designer—are among the creatures. This being Hermès, a horse takes center place in the image, mounted by a princess taking a photo with a selfie stick…something that may appear antique one day, but will undoubtedly pique the curiosity of those living in the navel-gazing period. Each piece is hand-painted on mother-of-pearl. The 38 mm case is made of 18-karat white gold and features 82 diamonds placed into the bezel, as well as alligator leather straps. It’s limited to 24 pieces and costs CHF60,200.
The second piece’s focal point is a tiger made of wood marquetry, with 290 separate pieces carved from tulipwood, plum, ash-olive, maple, and sycamore. The craftsman begins by meticulously selecting pieces of wood based on kind, grain, color, and texture, following which the tiger is assembled over the course of five days, including turquoise eyes. The tiger is surrounded by butterflies, a hummingbird, a peacock, and a bowler-hatted turtle. All are hand etched and painted in gold appliqué. A rabbit and a praying mantis are next to them, miniatures painted in various layers of enamel and placed on an agate dial. The 38mm rose gold case is studded with 82 diamonds on the bezel.
It is restricted to only 12 pieces and costs CHF80,600. The strap is made from chantilly alligator. Both variants are driven by the Hermès caliber H1912 automatic movement, which has hours, minutes, and a 50-hour power reserve.
Check the news Hermès’ New Limited-Edition Watches on Switzerland based Lifestyle Magazine- Kenleaks Magazine.