Framed by a fine gold case, the Slim d’Hermès lends its refined design to the art of Ikat weaving. Slim d’Hermès Cheval Ikat: against a white or blue background, its dial embroidered with gold threads reveals the graceful curves of a galloping horse.
The epitome of rigorous discipline and perfect balance, the Slim d’Hermès watch created in 2015 by Philippe Delhotal is also a distillation of Hermès craftsmanship skills. In this instance, it features a dial woven with gold threads, according to the art of Ikat fabric-making, a dyeing and weaving technique that originated in Asia.
To create the raised equestrian motif, the artisan places a multitude of threads three times thinner than a hair on the dial, having first determined a starting and ending point for each thread and then laser-hollowed the cavities intended to accommodate its ends – which are fused by means of 24K gold poured into these attachment points. Each of the specifically shaped 1,165 threads required is arranged in a highly precise order and position so as to create the play of transparency and light in the weft. The crossings and the different levels of the threads, along with the extreme slimness of the dial (0.35 mm) represent a constant challenge for the creation of this miniature work.
Slim d’Hermès Cheval Ikat Technical Specifications
Limited and numbered edition of 36
- Type: Manufacture Hermès H1950 ultra-thin movement
- Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland
- Diameter: 30 mm
- Thickness: 2.6 mm
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Frequency: 21,600 vph
- Functions: Hours, minutes
- Shape / size: Round, 39.5 mm diameter
- Material: White gold
- Rose gold
- Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and caseback
- Water resistance: 3 bar
- Varnished dial, gold thread embroidery
- Black alligator
- Chantilly alligator