A complex dyeing and fabric-weaving technique synonymous with Asia, the art of ikat has now been imbued with a sense of European refinement with the Slim d’Hermès Cheval Ikat. The 39.5mm timepiece, first created in 2015 by La Montre Hermès’ Creation and Style Director Philippe Delhotal, features the motif of a graceful galloping horse woven with 1,165 gold threads. The specifically shaped threads are three times thinner than a hair, and have been placed precisely in position and secured through pouring 24k molten gold into cavities where the thread ends meet the dial. The imagery’s overlapping pattern and relief, along with the dial’s 0.35mm thickness, make this a piece of exemplary miniature craftsmanship. Pictured here is the rose gold watch with a white varnished dial, although there is a white gold with blue dial version. Both are produced in two 36-piece limited and numbered editions, and come equipped with the ultra-thin Manufacture Hermès H1950 automatic movement.
Get the latest luxury and lifestyle news delivered to your inbox.