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The New Dressage Chronograph by La Montre Hermès

connoisseur September 3, 2013 0
The New Dressage Chronograph by La Montre Hermès

The Dressage collection was first introduced by Hermès in 2003. The latest creation in this classic line comes in two versions- one with an opaline silvered dial and a matt havana alligator strap, and the other with a black dial and a matt black alligator strap. Since 2012, all the timepieces in this collection beat to the rhythm of exclusive Manufacture movements and testify to Hermès’ enduring passion for fine mechanisms. The House of Hermès was founded in 1837, and ever since it has embodied high standards and reflects the quest for excellence and technical refinement.

Though the Dressage chronograph is simple in appearance, the dial reveals a number of subtly orchestrated details. An inner bezel ring accentuates the overall depth effect. The first chronographs bearing the Hermès signature appeared in 1925, and the Manufacture H1925 movement which beats at the center of the Dressage chronograph is in reference to this first chronograph. It plays with volumes through vertical lines stamped across its centre, along with raised applied hour-markers that catch and hold the light.

Like other Manufacture movements from the Maison, its circular-grained and snailed bridges are hand-finished and its oscillating weight features a sprinkling of ‘Hs’ and is contained in a tonneau-shaped case with taut lines and a wealth of distinctive details. The round shape of the elements occupying the spaces between the lugs is inspired by the equestrian world of Hermès and shaped like stirrup bars. The inimitably designed attachments merge seamlessly into the curving shape of the case middle while being firmly joined to the case. The Dressage chronograph has leather straps that are crafted like harnesses and are painstakingly padded and saddle-stitched within the specialised La Montre Hermès workshops in Bienne.


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