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Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente: The Perfect Parking Meter Timer

Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

In the press kit to introduce the new Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente, Hermès included a short story it commissioned about a woman who lives five seconds in the future, with hilarious and tragic consequences. It is not an exact metaphor for the way the L’Heure Impatiente alters time, but it does capture the spirit of time tweaking. The L’Heure Impatiente can be set to count down from an “eagerly awaited event” to take place sometime in the next 12 hours. This time set by the wearer and appears on the subdial at 6 o’clock. A countdown begins one hour before the event in question, and that is displayed on the retrograde timer at 7 o’clock. When time is up, the watch chimes a single note.

Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Hermès sees this as a poetic complication: “Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control [time], Hermès dares to explore another time.” For me, it is the perfect parking meter watch. Before going into a meeting, you can set the timer to ring when your parking meter expires, and as the meeting progresses you can keep tabs on the countdown. As you approach the “event” you can either duck out to put more coins in the meter or orchestrate the meeting to end in time to avoid getting a ticket. Thus, this is very useful function.

Placing the gong on the Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente.

Placing the gong on the Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente.

The last time Hermès played games with the passage of time was with the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu, using a movement designed by Jean-Marc Weiderrecht of Agenhor, based on Hermès Caliber H1912. It featured a function that could make time stand still and then revert to the correct time at the push of a button. The L’Heure Impatiente also contains a movement based on the automatic Caliber H1912, fitted with a 2.2mm module that drives the striking countdown feature. The 40.5mm case of the Slim d’ Hermès L’Heure Impatiente is rose gold, with anti-reflective sapphire crystals front and back. It is water resistant to 30 meters. The strap is blue matt alligator.

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