If you’re a regular GP reader, you may have come across our piece on watch fonts recently, in which one of our favorite examples of a beautiful typeface was that used on the Slim d’Hermès, an ultra-thin offering from the storied French brand. This is a beautiful, elegant watch, and one of our favorite dress pieces.
Today, HODINKEE has announced a collaboration with Hermès to produce two special limited edition watches, one of which is a new version of the time-only Slim d’Hermès. Just in time for HODINKEE’s 10-year anniversary, the project is the first time that Hermès has collaborated on a mechanical wristwatch, and only the third time the brand has partnered with another company on a timepiece. A project three years in the making, the collaboration saw HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer working closely with Hermès Creative Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas to develop a special edition (actually, two special editions) that would capture the essence of what HODINKEE values in a watch — something thin, elegant and made in-house.
“This is just the third collaboration for Hermes in this space — and we are incredibly humbled that HODINKEE is now able to be a part of Hermès’s storied history of timepieces,” explained Ben Clymer. “As Hermes’s Creative Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas said just a few weeks ago to me, ‘Hermès is famous for “not” working with others,’ — I am truly proud to be working with a brand that has set the standard for quality and luxury for so long — and one that I’ve long admired.”
Though talks between the brands began more than three years ago, it took some time to decide which Hermès pieces would make the perfect basis for the collaboration — finally, the right watches presented themselves in the form of the Slim d’Hermès and the Slim d’Hermès GMT. “We knew when we started this conversation three years ago, that it would take time to find the right moment to work together,” continued Clymer. “When the Slim d’Hermès was released a couple years ago, and the GMT this year, we knew we had the right canvas to work on together.”
Both time-only and GMT versions of the Slim d’Hermès for HODINKEE feature exclusive blue dials and blue alligator straps in a color created especially for the collaboration with HODINKEE. The crystals are smoked to give the watches a vignette look, and the dials feature the Philippe Apeloig-designed numerals that we love so much. Each watch is numbered and engraved “EDITION HODINKEE” on the back, and features a sapphire case back to view the beautifully finished manufacture caliber H1950.
This is an extremely limited run of watches, and only 100 pieces of the Slim d’Hermès have been produced, as well as 24 Slim d’Hermès GMTs (the 24 references Hermès’s address at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris). The time-only piece retails for $7.650, while the price on the GMT is $14,700.
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