I’ve long admired the beautiful, artisanal watches that Hermès creates, and I find this piece with its elaborate and vivid hand painted dial to be another good example. The Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique, which loosely translates as “Thousand Flowers of Mexico”, features a miniature painting (on mother-of-pearl) depicting a design which is inspired by the culture of Mexico. The “Mille Fleurs” motif features an array of cut leaves and flowers, reminiscent of the 15th and 16th century tapestries after which it is named, as realized by graphic designer Laetitia Bianchi.
Hermès Mille Fleurs du Mexique
Limited edition 6 pieces
39.5mm white gold case with transparent case back, automatic mechanical Caliber H1950 (ultra-slim 2.6mm, micro-rotor; 3Hz/21,600 vph)
In a nod to the Mexican origins of Bianchi, the profusion of feathers, flowers, leaves and bird are uniquely incorporated into the design. to bring it to life on the watch dial, the artisan begins by transferring onto the mother-of-pearl the motif drawing inspiration from the Hermès silk scarf bearing the inspirational motif. Wielding the tip of his brush very carefully, he then applies a first layer of painting that is followed by around 20 more, interspersed by successive firings in the oven at 90°C.
You can see here the dial resting on top of the inspirational scarf:
Placing aside the hefty price of 65,000 Swiss francs, I must stay that this a delightful piece of wrist art.