With its thin profile and minimalist Philippe Apeloig-designed dial font, the Slim d’Hermès collection was a hit moments after it debuted in 2015. In the years since, Hermès has wisely broadened the collection to include a range of classic and imaginative Slim d’Hermès watches that retain the line’s luxury dress appeal.
This week Hermès adds a more casual demeanor to the collection with Slim d’Hermès Titane, featuring a still-thin titanium case.
Offered in the collection’s 39.5mm diameter case, the new watch is made from lightweight, micro-blasted grade 2 titanium. The case is notably topped by a circular satin bezel that enhances the watch’s casual demeanor. As light shines on and off the bezel, it pleasantly contrasts with the anthracite dial, adding an ironic sense of depth in an otherwise thin piece.
But providing the greatest sense of depth here is the newly devised three-part dial that is built using a chapter ring with cutout Arabic numerals that define the Apeloig numeral font in a somewhat sporty sandwich-type dial construction. The Hermès orange accents on the dial and the inside of the matte graphite leather strap band underscore the watch’s new casual attitude.
As with most models in the Slim d’Hermès collection, the hands are driven by the ultra-thin Manufacture Hermès H1950 movement, developed in conjunction with Vaucher, which Hermès co-owns. The movement’s bridges retain the characteristic ‘sprinkling of Hs’ and hand-beveled bridges, all of which can be seen through the sapphire caseback. Look for the new Slim d’Hermès Titane in stores this summer. Price: $8,050.
Specifications: Slim d’Hermès Titane
Movement: Ultra-thin in house automatic H1950, (2.6mm thick) with a 42-hour power reserve.
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Case: 39.5 mm diameter grade 2 micro-blasted titanium (Ti 99%) flange and caseback, circular satin-brushed bezel
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal case-back, 30 meters of water resistance
Dial: Three-part dark-grey, chapter ring with open-worked Arabic numerals. Snailed dial center with white and orange tones under the chapter ring, grained crystal small-seconds counter, rhodium-plated hour and minutes hands, orange seconds hand.
Strap: Matt graphite alligator, orange burnishing, titanium pin buckle
Cover photo copyright: Joel VanAllmen