Hermès time cultivates the “extravagant” idea of reconciling rigorous discipline with whimsical fancy. It takes a deft ability for handling paradoxes to imagine that the calling of a watch should be to kindle our emotions. Such is, however, the purpose of Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente, endowed with a complication that invites us to look forward to an upcoming moment. The jubilant ritual consists of setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion at 6 o’clock on the dial. This complication is an exquisite torture that culminates when the single note rings out, its lasting, velvety-smooth sound delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. The playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication is based on this companionable rapport, in a module just 2.2 mm thick.
750 5N rose gold, 40.5 mm. Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, front and back. Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft).
Mechanical automatic, Manufacture Hermès H1912 calibre, 193 components, 28 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, circular-grained and snailed plate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight with "semis de H" decoration. "Impatient Hour" additional module, 131 components, 8 jewels, plate and bridges with Côtes de Genève motif. 42-hour power reserve.
Hours, minutes, "impatient hour" function.
Matt abyss blue alligator, 750 5N rose gold buckle.