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Slim d’Hermès pocket Masan Masan - an exceptional timepiece with horsehair marquetry and engraving

6 February 2024

By Peter Vossner

Created in 2015 by Philippe Delhotal, the Slim d'Hermès is an extension of the Hermès philosophy, made from rigorous discipline with a fine balance. Its sleek lines that are both modern and timeless highlight the remarkable handcrafted creations evoking the light-hearted, playful imagination typical of Hermès.

Framed by white gold, the new Slim d’Hermès pocket Masan Masan has as centrestage, a pair of noble steeds sculpted in braided horsehair and engraved in rose gold - highlighting that aforementioned union between Hermès style and expertise.

Like yin and yang, the majestic horses in contrasting shades are revealed in the slender setting of the 45 mm round case, enhanced by protruding lugs.

The cover and dial of this one-of-a-kind pocket watch reinterpret the Masan & Masan silk scarf motif by Thai designer Terawat Teankaprasith. 

The ancestral art of horsehair weaving – masan meaning "braided horse" in Thai – consists in collecting the prolific water hyacinth, drying it in the sun, then weaving it by hand to create objects such as baskets, hats, and or animal figurines.

Inspired by this oriental basket-making technique, the Slim d'Hermès Masan Masan combines engraving and horsehair marquetry in a subtle interpretation of the equestrian world cherished by Hermès. To create the weave on the cover and dial, the craftsman meticulously selects different shades of horsehair, cuts them and then glues them one by one, patiently composing the motif.

Subtly combining brilliance and contrast, the engraver brings the second horse profile to life, forming reliefs and depths in gold created using traditional burins and chisels.

An expression of Hermès' expertise both in watchmaking and in leather craftsmanship, this elegant and singular watch is powered by an ultra-thin Manufacture H1950 mechanical self-winding movement, fitted with a alligator cord strap highlighting its golden tones.

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