When it comes to ultra-thin dress watches, few choices rival what Hermès brings to the scene. With delightfully slim cases, simple dials filled with gorgeous detailing, and a steadfast commitment to genuine manufacture watchmaking, the Maison’s Slim d’Hermès collection is truly deserving of its outstanding repute.
Exciting dress watch enthusiasts worldwide, the collection has returned with a striking new addition — the Pégase Paysage limited edition. With only eight available in the world, the timepieces bring to life the Pegasus — our beloved winged brother of the iconic Hermès horse — through absolutely exquisite wood marquetry. Here are four things we love most about the latest addition to the svelte dress watch collection.
Typically reputed for a restrained flashiness — striking, but never crossing over to the point of ‘loud’ — the ultra-limited Pégase Paysage breaks away from the classic Slim d’Hermès shell, with a dial so gorgeous, it commands recognition. Wearers can expect a beautiful puzzle of wood marquetry, where rare and exotic woods — cue the likes of macassar, amaranth, ebony, chestnut, yellow pear, and even madrone burr — come together to depict a handsome portrait of Pegasus. Viewed in a side-profile, the image is an expression of lightness, power, and serenity, backed by a bird’s eye view of hills, water, and terraced rice fields.
A true work of art, the process of putting together the Pégase Paysage begins with a careful choosing of woods — Hermès craftsmen sift through shades and grains of wood to best revive the miniature horse. The next step entails a meticulous cutting of these individually chosen pieces — gently cut into tiny, tiny pieces that are then scrupulously pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, and glued into position. Once each piece has been assembled, the final dial is sanded down and varnished for its final sheen. The result of painstaking patience and expertise, it can take up to three weeks to create a single dial — which, by nature of its making, is completely one of a kind.
Since it was designed by Philippe Delhotal in 2015, the Slim d’Hermès case has consistently maintained a penchant for packing in a surprising amount of immaculately executed details in a small, compact package. With the Pégase Paysage, it comes as little surprise that the Maison doesn’t skimp on any element — these timepieces, too, come with baton-type hands powered by the ultra-thin self-winding movement crafted by the Manufacture. A white-gold case frames the 39.5mm dial, and as with everything the Maison does, even the matt Havana alligator strap receives the same level of commitment to craftsmanship.