Hermès to showcase new Slim d’Hermès models at BaselWorld 2016

Time flies when you’re staring at beautiful watches. It doesn’t feel like it has been a year since Hermès first showcased its new Slim d’Hermès collection and today, the brand has sent word that new models will debut at next month’s BaselWorld exhibition.

The black strap option is unique to the gemset Slim d'Hermès model only.

The black strap option is unique to the gemset Slim d’Hermès model only.

Last year, Hermès debuted three men’s watches; two time-only models (one steel, one rose-gold) known as the Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm, along with the flagship Slim d’Hermès Perpetual Calendar in rose-gold. The brand also released ladies watches, however those had smaller 32mm and 25mm cases, and thus did not feature the same calibre as the men’s watches.

The men’s time-only models were powered by the self-winding H1950 ultra-thin, in-house movement, which offers a power reserve of  42 hours. The perpetual calendar on the other hand was a modular calibre, consisting of the H1950 base (for time) mated to a calendar module that was developed exclusively for Hermès by Agenhor. Read our original piece on the Slim d’Hermès collection by clicking here.

The Slim d’Hermès collection is the result of encounters between the Maison, designers and artisans says Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès.

The Slim d’Hermès collection is the result of encounters between the Maison, designers and artisans says Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director of La Montre Hermès.

For BaselWorld 2016, the brand is officially extending the existing ladies collection with a 39.5mm model, which will take advantage of the in-house H1950 calibre. This timepiece will have the same silver opaline dial that debuted last year, however there are two variants of this model on offer.

Interested parties will be able to buy the watch with 66 diamonds totaling 1.6cts set into the steel bezel, and have access to five different alligator strap options – sapphire blue, black, elephant grey, geranium and blackcurrant. You can also have the watch without diamonds but with the same dial and same case material, however strap options are limited to four – sapphire blue, elephant grey, geranium and blackcurrant.

The 39.5mm Slim d'Hermès watches make excellent dress watches for men or women.

The 39.5mm Slim d’Hermès watches make excellent dress watches for men or women.

Hermès is also extending the men’s collection for 2016. While the case size remains unchanged, the stainless steel family gets two new dial colors and strap options – a slate grey dial matched with an elephant grey alligator strap, and a midnight blue dial coupled with a matt indigo strap. All of the leather straps are made in-house, drawing on the company’s expertise with leather.

We’re pleased to see that Hermès is already growing a collection that’s still relatively new. In fact, extending the women’s collection in this way is a clever move because more and more women are now demanding mechanical movements. Women are now, also, increasingly wearing watches that may have – in the past – been considered too big for their wrists.

The new dial and strap options for the men's collection look fantastic. Ladies can also just as easily walk out of the boutique with either of these on their wrist - they're the same case size after all.

The new dial and strap options for the men’s collection look fantastic. Ladies can also just as easily walk out of the boutique with either of these on their wrist – they’re the same case size after all.

We’ve talked to several women recently who own mechanical timepieces, and each has said that having a mechanical movement features high on their buying criteria. If you aren’t seeing this in your daily life, just have a look at Instagram, there are plenty of women rocking some fantastic mechanical watches.

We expect these new watches will hit the Middle East later in the year, and we’ll update this story with regional pricing information as soon as we have it.

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