“We’re now looking to develop new projects with complications, but with poetical and unconventional complications—just like the Le Temps Suspendu”
DA: Does that mean we’ll see different enamel colors in the upcoming years? PD: It’s possible. DA: Have you ever considered featuring other timekeeping complications? PD: Please note that the case is very thin. We’re now looking to develop new projects with complications, but with poetical and unconventional complications—just like the Le Temps Suspendu. DA: Any upcoming collaboration in the future? PD: That’s top-secret information. [ Laughs] With Slim d’Hermès, any collaborator will be much honored to make something really great. DA: So, in your own words, what makes a watch an Hermès watch? PD: It’s a watch showing a particular style. That watch should translate the singularity of Hermès. It should also be something simple, not a show-off piece. It’s of a distinctive style, because we are looking to make Hermès watches different from the rest. DA: That’s also the case with the distinctive font on the dials, right? PD: It’s a creative process. There’s a story behind those different numerals are part of the idea. it, yet DA: Where do you usually start when you’re designing a new watch? PD: First of all, I start with the case. Then I’d consult with Philippe Apeloig to find a typography that resonates with the case. DA: What’s the design direction for La Montre Hermès for the next three to five years? PD: We will develop the ladies’ watches, to offer a very daring and different design, but one that is strongly related to the DNA of Hermès. When you look at the watch, you can tell that this is an Hermès watch—to make an icon, so to speak. DA: What about the case size? It looks like you tend to come up with big cases instead of small these days. PD: The sizes would be around 39.5mm and 40mm— which I like. So it’s kind of unisex. DA: Guillaume de Seynes, managing director of Hermès International, last year mentioned about creating more and more in-house movements. Is this still ongoing? PD: Obviously, that is the ultimate goal, but we’re taking it one step at a time. We always try to integrate the maximum know-how in watchmaking, not excluding the movement. But we work also with designers and creators from other manufacturers; it’s not enough to rely everything from in-house. DA: If you had to pick one watch out of all options available, which one would it be? PD: Slim d’Hermès! It goes really well with my style, and I put a lot of heart to create this watch. It’s my baby.