Hermès highlights art of miniature painting with Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique

With the launch of the Slim d’Hermès collection in 2015, Hermès gave the world a collection that it hoped would be an everyday staple for those that wore mechanical timepieces. It was an interesting and elegant family, one that we liked, and now in 2016, Hermès has decided to give the family an artistic boost.

The Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique will grab attention, and only six will ever be made.

The Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique will grab attention, and only six will ever be made.

This new timepiece features a mother-of-pearl dial that has been painstakingly decorated by the brand’s in-house artisans, and the result is an eye-catching, incredibly detailed work of art. The brand says the artisans begin by first hand crafting motifs onto the mother-of-pearl. The inspiration for the motif is said to have come from a Hermès silk scarf designed by Laetitia Bianchi. Once the outlines of the motif have been sketched out, the artisan preps the palette of colors.

At this point, the first layer of color is delicately applied. In total, some 20 layers of color will be applied, with the work being subjected to successive firings in an oven at 90-degrees Celsius to dry the painting. Hermès says this process causes the dial to gradually reveal subtle nuances that have been enriched by the color painting work.

The motifs on the dial are inspired by a Hermès scarf designed by Laetitia Bianchi.

The motifs on the dial are inspired by a Hermès scarf designed by Laetitia Bianchi.

The work you see on the dial is known as ‘Mille Fleurs’ motif, the patterns of cut leaves and flowers are reminiscent of 15th and 16th century tapestries after which the motif is named. Paying tribute to Laetitia Bianchi’s Mexican origins, the dial also features feathers, flowers, leaves and birds, all of which Hermès says will appear or vanish depending on how the dial is observed.

Beyond these artistic improvements, the Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique retains its classic proportions. It features a 39.5mm case but as this is a limited edition piece, it’s only offered in white-gold, with a smooth green alligator strap, and a white-gold pin-buckle. The automatic Hermès H1950 movement returns unchanged, so the wearer can look forward to a power reserve of 42-hours.

Some 20 layers of paint are delicately added to the mother-of-pearl dial by a skilled artisan.

Some 20 layers of paint are delicately added to the mother-of-pearl dial by a skilled artisan.

We’ll update this story once we have retail pricing on this limited edition piece.

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