Hermès has added an in-house skeletonised dial to their Slim d’Hermès collection. As the Squelette Lune name indicates, it’s all about the open worked dial and a (double) moon phase, and is in fact the second high-end skeletonised timepiece from the brand.
Its 39.5mm case is, a little unexpectedly for Hermès, a mix of materials – bead-blasted Grade 5 titanium has been used for the case’s middle and back, 950 platinum for the bezel, and 18k white gold for the crown and pusher. From the dial side, the only visible titanium parts are the lugs. The skeletonised movement has a mix of matte and gloss finishing, with contrasting blue PVD-coated baton hour and minute hands. The flange is black-gold sunburst and the minutes track is grey with transfer markings.
The open-worked double moonphase at 6 o’clock is minimalist and connected to the flange in a single piece.
The dial is the ultra-thin automatic Hermès H1953 (Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier base) with a micro-rotor which beats at 21,600 VPH and has a power reserve of 48 hours. It features a mix of matte and gloss finishing for contrast.
The blue of the watch’s hands is echoed on the contrast stitching of the matte graphite-coloured Alligator strap which has a Grade 2 titanium pin buckle.
This combination of case materials, and in particular the contrast between the case and the skeletonised movement is an attractive combination and reminiscent of Piaget’s Polo Skeleton, which takes a similar approach, but with stainless steel and PVD and also uses different types of finishing.
With its mix of precious and modern materials in a slim skeletonised form, it is the sort of ‘luxe sport’ timepiece that fits neatly into the modern Hermès and will no doubt prove to be popular.
[Photo credit: Hermès]