Hermes timepiece honours iconic silk scarf and vibrant Mexican landscape

The iconic Hermes silk scarf is honoured in the elegant painted dial of the new Slim d’Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique watch. This limited and numbered six-piece edition is entirely hand-crafted within the exclusive fashion house’s internal workshops by expert artisans. The Hermes silk scarf designs by Laetitia Bianchi are exquisitely painted onto the mother-of-pearl dial in a celebration of colour inspired by the Mexican landscape.

The outlines of this elegant floral motif are firstly sketched in order to achieve perfection, before a dazzling array of colours is added. The artisans use the fine tip of a brush and with superior precision; paint the delicate motif onto the dial in a series of 20 or so layers. The painting is then set in a 90 degree oven.  

The effect of the “Mille Fleurs” motif is a mosaic of tiny brush strokes that subtly reveal a lively array of cut leaves and flowers evocative of 15th and 16th century tapestries of the same name.

The exotic folklore of Mexico displayed in the feathers, flowers, leaves and birds are a tribute to Laetitia Bianchi’s heritage. Depending on perspective, the motif transforms as the watch moves, with the brushstrokes creating varying patterns that appear and disappear.

The dial is framed, as if like a unique piece of art, by a white gold case crafted in-house in the Hermes workshops.  Featuring light, pared down lines, this timepiece stays true to the iconic design codes of the Slim collection. An alligator strap also crafted in-house secures the timepiece gracefully to the wrist while the ultra-thin Manufacture Hermès H1950 movement keeps the hands moving.