“We’re now look­ing to de­velop new projects with com­pli­ca­tions, but with po­et­i­cal and un­con­ven­tional com­pli­ca­tions—just like the Le Temps Sus­pendu”

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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.

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