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Hermès time cultivates the ‘extravagant’ idea of reconciling rigorous discipline with whimsical fancy. It takes a deft ability for handling paradoxes to imagine that the calling of a watch should be to kindle our emotions. Such is the purpose of the unique Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente timepiece unveiled at Only Watch 2017, whose complication invites us to look forward to an upcoming moment. 


The jubilant ritual consists of setting the counter of the watch to the time of the eagerly awaited event that will take place in less than 12 hours. An hour before it occurs, the mechanical hourglass is set in motion and its progress can be followed at 6 o’clock on the dial. This complication that stirs our feelings and heightens our sense of pleasurable expectation is an exquisite torture that culminates when the note rings out. The striking mechanism has been designed to ensure a lasting, velvety-smooth sound that is also delightfully modulated for the wearer’s ears only. The playful and quirky ‘Impatient Hour’ complication is based on this companionable rapport. 


Model name:

Slim d’Hermès L’heure impatiente, Only watch edition



Titanium grade 2 (Ti99%)



Black, opaline silvered ‘impatient hour’ sector and 12-hour disk

Yellow or charcoal grey transferred Arabic numerals,

powdered silvered minute circle

Sunburst chapter ring, snailed centre and 12-hour disc,

grained ‘impatient hour’ sector

Rhodium-plated sandblasted baton-type hands



‘Impatient Hour’ module

31.96 mm in diameter, 2.2 mm thick

131 components, 8 jewels

Mainplate and bridges adorned with ‘Côtes de Genève’

Hours, minutes, ‘Impatient Hour’ function



Graphite matt alligator, yellow burnishing

Buckle in titanium grade 2 (Ti99%), 17mm

Pin in 316L steel



Round, 40.5 mm in diameter

20 mm interhorn width



Unique piece



CHF 35,000 - 55,000

32,000 - 50,000 €

36,000 - 57,000 $

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