Taking inspiration from French artist Robert Dallet — famed for hand-drawn illustrations of great felines — Hermès goes full speed in unfolding their rich history. The timeless elegance of the House and the grace and strength of the panther comes together with the Slim d'Hermès Pocket Panthère.
The French maison's emphasis on the value of quality craftsmanship is apparent in the timepiece — the snowy backdrop comes to live under the mastery of an engraving connoisseur, in tandem with an expert who births the panther with the Grand Feu enameling technique.
The white gold dial is crafted on five different levels, with the deepest reserved for the panther itself. The key to this enameling process? Utmost patience. Each piece heads into the kiln to be fired — which fixes the enamel in place — and the process is repeated for each colour. Under fire, the micro-fragments are melted and transformed into glass.
The end product of the dance with fire is a panther gliding its way onto a wintry background. Together, the materials and shimmering reflections combine to form a harmoniously balanced whole, with the self-winding pocket watch housing an ultra-thin 2.6mm H1950 calibre that ensures a 42-hour power reserve. Encasing the Pocket Panthère is a pouch made of matt havana alligator, complete with a matching cord strap.
The Hermès Watch boutique is located at L1-43, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.