Watch & Jewellery
A SLIM CHANCE THIS WON'T LOOK GOOD ON YOU: Hermès' Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Hermès
'Slim d’Hermès Quantième Perpétuel' in titanium with a red gold bezel

We’d be the first to admit that if not for the existence of smartphones, everyone would have saved up enough to acquire a perpetual calendar by now. Possibly the most useful in the extensive family tree of complications, there’s enough info served on a tiny real estate to get the self-professed know-it-alls tingling. An instant knowledge drop on the date, the month, the moon phases, the leap year, and even an indicator that lets you know whether you’re in the AM or PM say a lot about being spoiled silly. Now, here’s a downside. Such is the sheer amount of data presented at a go, rarely do the dials appear uncluttered. Those who are particular about this needn’t worry because Hermès’ version of it – first launched in 2015 – has tidied it up and then some. Neater than a Marie Kondo fix, it has added a comfy amount of breathing space between the sub-dials that don’t appear as distanced or claustrophobic as how others would manage it. Reading it is easy: The date at 12, the moon phase at 3, a second timezone indicator at 6, a clearer update of the leap year and month indicator at 9, and an unassuming dot at the middle hints at daytime or night. Even the fan favourite custom typography designed by Philippe Apeloig remains a constant which have been considered one of the plus points in owning an Hermès dress watch. What you can expect for 2021 is an outfit it hasn’t previously experimented with: a 39.5mm bead blasted titanium case paired with a rose gold bezel and anthracite dial. The darker case treatment is an interesting twist here as it renders an effect mimicking a solar eclipse, an idea supported by the gold lining of its sub-dials. Just don’t expect to need another wristwatch after this.

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