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Hermès at Baselworld 2015

After nearly 20 years since last releasing their own collection of high-end watches, Hermès are back with the very impressive Slim d’Hermès  collection, officially launched last week at Baselworld.

Stencil Arabic numerals, a minimalistic case design and a consistent on-brand design all contribute at large to the new collection..and here at M&Moi we love it. Although the brand will also release ladies models in the collection, all of the watches are unisex and come in three case sizes: 25mm, 32mm and 39.5 mm.

The cases are made with either stainless steel or rose gold, and all feature clear sapphire crystal casebacks.

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What strap can you expect? You have your choice of steel, Barenia, alligator or calf leather all in fantastically classic colours. If you so desire. You also have the extravagant option to add diamonds on to the front of the case.

Philippe Delhotal, Creative Director for Hermès’ watch department led the design of the new collection which is made mostly in-house, due to the fact that the watch’s case maker Joseph Erard, dial maker Natebar, and Swiss movement maker Vaucher are all wholly or partially owned by the French fashion house.

Adding further to their ’boutique’ feel and quality-control, the straps are also hand-made and stitched in the brand’s Swiss factory, and is fully assembled by hand by the Hermès team.

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The most impressive model in the collection is without a doubt the Perpetual Calendar which features a perpetual calendar complication, pearl moonphase indicator at 3 o’clock and a GMT hours sub-dial at 6 o’clock.

Only available in rose gold, this watch also includes a 42-hour power reserve and a 4mm thick, micro rotor movement (as in the below photos).

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These models obviously won’t come cheap considering the hand-made and boutique element of the Hermes brand. Prices are set to start at $3,100 and go up to almost $40,000 and will be available for your purchase in October.

Although the design is very intriguing and compelling, would you pay that kind of money for a watch from a Parisian fashion house? See the rest of the images below.

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