Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

The Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente is an alarm watch with an interesting twist. Moreover, it provides a very seemly means of reminding its wearer of an important event.

This detailed review of the Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente includes live images, specification details and pricing.

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

The problem with mornings is that they sometimes commence with the shrill of an alarm clock. There is something rather undignified about an electronic alarm clock waking one from a pleasant and deep slumber. Its circuit board machinations were born to irritate.

During the working day, such a hostile sound verges on vulgarity. Thankfully, a recently launched alarm watch from Hermès could never be accused of such distasteful notes. It is a paragon of civility.

A crown at 4 o’clock allows the wearer to set the alarm up to 12 hours in advance. The push piece at 9 o’clock arms the alarm. One hour prior to the alarm time, a hand at 6 o’clock commences a 60-minute countdown process and on reaching ‘0’, a single chime informs the wearer that the alarm time has arrived. The watch is perfectly audible once affixed to the wrist.

Beyond the civility of the alarm function on the Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente is a timepiece imbued with a high quotient of elegance and grace.

The dial

The ‘opaline silvered’ dial gently converses with the world. Indeed, nothing is gauche or showy, good taste is the order of the day. The gilded baton-type hour and minute hands are supremely slender, a trait repeatedly found on this timepiece.

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

The hours are denoted with Arabic numerals, delivered in the brand’s own ‘house font’. The character of each numeral brims with finesse.

At 4:30, a small snailed subdial displays the alarm time, employing a blued hand and a triangular pointer, while at 6 o’clock the aforementioned ‘Impatient hour’ display resides. This latter display features a mottled section and a smooth arc-like scale.

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

Hermès has expertly played with texture. The hour track is smooth, the central dial area and alarm time display are snailed and the blued hand for the ‘Impatient hour’ display straddles the aforementioned mottled section. Despite this compendium of finishes, everything coalesces beautifully with no dissonance discerned.

While the dial exhibits a notable degree of style, it remains highly legible and simple to interpret. Indeed, this dial is an exemplar of great style and user-friendly design.

The case

The rose gold case measures 40.5mm in diameter. While Hermès has not declared the thickness of the watch, as its name implies it is incredibly slim.

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

To accentuate the sound of the alarm, the sapphire crystals affixed to the front and rear are ‘thinner than usual’. Moreover, the dial is only 1mm in depth, heightening the resonance of the alarm. Lastly, the automatic calibre, the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement, measures a mere 2.2mm in height but is housed in a ‘spacious case’ in order to amplify the sound of the alarm. This thoroughness in engineering underscores the technical prowess of this über-luxurious maison.

The movement

The movement is of modular construction. The ‘Impatient Hour’ module, consisting of 131 parts, is paired with the Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement, comprising of 193 components. I particularly like the view of the winding stem which is freely shown, the decorated balance bridge and the readily visible balance.

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente

Indeed, wherever your eyes choose to survey they will be met with a charmingly presented movement. The mainplate is decorated with perlage, while the bridges and oscillating mass are satin-brushed and adorned with the Hermès signature H pattern motif.

Hermès has equipped this movement with 28 jewels, with an additional 8 jewels featuring on the module. The balance oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement has a power reserve of 42 hours.

Closing remarks

The alarm in this slender timepiece provides a very gentle reminder to its wearer which is far more preferable to the crass, raucous noise typically found with an electronic alarm clock.

This is an achingly gorgeous timepiece, featuring beautiful hands and endearing hour markers. Beyond the obvious style there is a palpable sense of serious watchmaking skill. The movement is beautifully executed and the alarm module is cleverly designed.

 Technical Specification

  • Model: Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente
  • Case: 18-carat rose gold; diameter 40.5mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; ‘Impatient Hour’ function.
  • Movement: H1912, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 28 jewels; power reserve 42 hours.
  • Strap: Alligator leather strap, presented on a 18-carat rose gold pin buckle.
  • Price: £28,100 (RRP as at 10.4.2017)

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