Hermès has made some big strides in horology in recent years, thanks to its beautiful Slim d’Hermès lineup (featuring typography from noted graphic designer Philippe Apeloig). It has provided a vehicle for new movements and innovations, like an in-house perpetual calendar and an “impatient hour” complication. The latest addition, though, is a new GMT movement, combining travel-ready practicality with beautiful graphic design.
The watch features a sub-dial for the second time zone at 10 o’clock, where the numerals are seemingly scattered around (but in the correct numerical order), and the GMT hand is advanced one hour by depressing the pusher. Two apertures labeled “L” and “H” represent daytime or nighttime for local and home times by displaying either blue for night or white for day. These functions are all made possible thanks to the compact Hermès H1950 movement that, at just 2.6mm thick, allows the case to measure in at a relatively scant 9.4mm thick and 39.5mm in diameter.
Overall it sounds like a recipe for a great travel watch. But here’s the kicker: that case is not made from stainless steel, but rather palladium, a precious metal even rarer than platinum. As such, only 90 models are going to be made. Here’s hoping a mainstream model in stainless steel comes out in the future.
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