Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Now You See it...

This is the Dressage L'heure masquée from Hermès. There is something about reading press releases from Hermès that make you wish you'd taken French in high school - they sound fantastic even before you read about them ; )
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This little horological bijoux combines brains and beauty.  But wait, what's this?  Only one hand?
Not so, fast -
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Essentially, the hour hand can be hidden, then revealed with the push of a button!  Here's the skinny, straight from the "Horse's Mouth" -

The mischievous hour hand remains hidden beneath the constantly moving minute hand, solely deigning to appear at a deliberate press on a crown-integrated push button. This fleeting apparition captures exclusively the moment in hand and vanishes as soon as the pressure is released – as too does the dual-time window display caught up in the same game of hide and seek. This playful stage-setting is orchestrated by the ingenious interaction of the rack, pinion and gear trains. When stimulated, the hour cam releases from its hiding place the hand that dutifully appears to perform its role of pointing to the correct hour on the dial. The dual-time indication is directly driven by the base movement and adjustable via the push button opposite the crown.

In this entirely Manufacture-made composition, self-winding Calibre H1925 is equipped with an exclusive patented mechanism enabling it to play this uniquely personal musical score. 

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It is also available in stainless steel -

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Hermès mechanical self-winding movement H1925

Power Reserve
45 hours

28 jewels

28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz

Circular-grained and snailed mainplate, 
satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight 
adorned with the special Hermès decoration
(H symbols)  
26 mm (11 1⁄2’’’)
3.7 mm
Hours, minutes, GMT, «time veiled» function, 
push-button integrated to the crown serving to unveil the hour hand and the GMT window, 
push piece at 9 o’clock serving to set the GMT   

"Time veiled" mechanism

32.5 mm
2.7 mm
18 jewels


Cushion-shaped, 40.5 x 38.4 mm

Available in Gold or Stainless Steel

Opaline silvered dial with vertical central guilloché motif,
black-gold stamped Arabic numerals, diamond-polished black-gold hour-marker at 6 o'clock, 
black-gold hands coated with Superluminova   

Limited to 1'000 pieces   

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