Hermès has launched a new limited edition version of its Slim d’Hermès pocket watch, Slim d’Hermès Pocket Vieux Gréement. The $183.400 watch is an eye candy with its painstakingly detailed engraving of a ship setting sail on its white-gold case.
Slim d’Hermès Pocket Vieux Gréement limited edition watch is made of 18k white gold, measures 45mm in diameter, and is produced case-first. The master engraver, Silvain Bettex spent roughly 50 hours from start to finish on the entire process of engraving. From the sophisticated lines of its sails to the reflective cuts that constitute the ocean below, every detail on this timepiece has to be done in precise order to create the right texture and depth. After Silvain Bettex completes the engraving, the case is dipped in ruthenium, to give it the dark gray anthracite appearance.
The white gold dial plate is sprinkled with blue enamel powder and fired in a kiln several times at 800 degrees Celsius to achieve the dramatic deep blue color. A blue Hermès crocodile cord completes the stunning look o f the timepiece.
The Slim d’Hermès Pocket Vieux Gréement houses the same H1950 movement that powers the 3-hand dress watches in the Slim d’Hermès collection. Visible via its sapphire display caseback, the 2.6-mm-thick microrotor-equipped automatic caliber boasts hand-chamfered bridges, as well as a healthy dose of h-patterned etching that adds to its unique appeal.