Play­ing with Time

The re­cent re­lease of La Mon­tre Her­mes’ pocket watches harks back to its unique brand phi­los­o­phy.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By KEN­NETH TAN

A capri­cious, cav­a­lier at­ti­tude to time and its progress en­cap­su­lates the de­sign phi­los­o­phy of La Mon­tre Her­mes’s pocket watches.

“The day you think you are im­por­tant, you are lost.”

Af­ter two decades into his mul­ti­fac­eted ca­reer at Her­mes, Lau­rent Dordet is clear about one thing: “The com­pany has a liv­ing cul­ture where the mean­ing of life is shared by ev­ery­one work­ing there.” Dordet has seen Her­mes through its fi­nance, tex­tile and leather di­vi­sions prior to as­sum­ing the top job as CEO of its time­piece divi­sion La Mon­tre Her­mes. “There is so much plea­sure work­ing with peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about wak­ing up and go­ing to work, con­tin­u­ing our phi­los­o­phy of cre­at­ing beauty with savoir faire but never tak­ing our­selves too se­ri­ously,” he says. “The day you think you are im­por­tant, you are lost.”

This enig­matic ap­proach has re­sulted in a host of in­ter­est­ing time­pieces since Dordet’s as­cent to the top job two years ago. Among them are a host of pocket watches that en­cap­su­late that ethos. Arceau Pocket La prom­e­nade de Pla­ton is a series of three pocket watches that unites enamel, mi­cro-sculp­ture and en­grav­ing in a stun­ning vis­ual ex­e­cu­tion of equine art. Mean­while, the Pocket plain cuir pays trib­ute to Her­mes’ leather­mak­ing and watch­mak­ing dis­ci­plines, with a leather sheath around a me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing time­piece pow­ered by the in­house-man­u­fac­tured H1912 move­ment. The Slim, mean­while, is trans­posed into a pocket watch in the Slim d’her­mes Pocket Pan­there which, as its name sug­gests, fea­tures an enamel-painted pan­ther with colours com­posed of mi­cro-frag­ments af­fixed onto the white gold case and – across 25 fir­ing cy­cles in the kiln –trans­formed into glass. www. her­ ≠

De­signed by An­nie Faivre, the pocket watch de­sign re­sem­bles the artist’s fan­tasy of the grove of Acade­mus where Plato gave his lec­tures. Fac­ing page: the one-off Slim d’her­mes Pocket Pan­there.

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