Hermès Presents Galop d’Hermès Watch
Galop d’Hermès was born from the detailed observations of Californian designer Ini Archibong, who immersed himself in the Hermès Conservatory of Creations. Bits, stirrups, bridles, harnesses: he blends his distinctive, bright and pared-down style with the avant-gardism and functional simplicity of Hermès objects. Closely bound up with the Maison’s equestrian repertoire, Galop d’Hermès morphs into a jewellery watch, lending its stirrup-like silhouette to three new Small Models (20 x 27.2 mm): one in non-gemset steel and two others in steel or rose gold adorned with 134 diamonds. Its curved case with its softened angles frames a generous dial punctuated by variously sized Arabic numerals. These are larger on the lower part of the display, expressing a sense of movement and perspective. Vividly evoking the speed and freedom of galloping, the progressive font – powdered and finely accentuated by touches of anthracite – stands out against a sandblasted background, while the hands sweep gently over a smooth opalescent surface. In a final nod to the world of horses, the 8 o’clock numeral forms the shape of an inverted stirrup. A calfskin or alligator strap crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops prolongs the flowing nature of this creation’s aerodynamic and futuristic design.