Hermès debuts limited edition slim watches with hand-painted dials
La Montre Hermès has unveiled two rather special watches at Baselworld, each limited to a numbered production run of 12. The company says that these works represent the first time that French porcelain has been combined with the Japanese art of Aka-e.
Each extremely limited timepiece features an enameled biscuit-fired dial produced in Paris by the ateliers of Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. The dial is hand-painted in different shades of red and ocher and augmented with decorative gold by 70 year-old Japanese master artist Buzan Fukushima.
The Slim d'Hermès Koma Kurabe model depicts a famous Kyoto horse race, while the Slim d'Hermès La femme aux semelles de vent sports a design that first appeared on a Hermès carré (scarf). Each has anti-glare sapphire crystal front and back, supported by a water resistant white gold case.
The watches are built around the company's new 2.6 mm thin mechanical self-winding H1950 movement, which is crafted in Switzerland and features a micro rotor and hand-crafted chamfered bridges and offers a 42 hour power reserve.
Unfortunately, Hermès was remaining tight-lipped about pricing when we visited the company's booth at Baselworld, but we're guessing that if you have to ask then you probably won't be able to afford to have either of these works of art wrapped around your wrist.