hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch

the dusk-motif cape cod crépuscule watch by hermes 

 

time is precious and the cape cod crépuscule watch by hermès certainly adds to that value. meaning twilight, crépuscule’s blue/purple calfskin shade and dusk-like motif by designer-graphic artist thanh-phong lê give the luxury product its refined style. its form was first born in 1991 by the bold pencil strokes of henri d’origny, who gave rise to the square-in-a-rectangle aesthetic formed by two anchor chain half-links. with this design, a dial with a singular aesthetic unites and reveals the two ordinarily distinct worlds. 

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the watch’s motif makes refer to its name ‘crépuscule’ meaning dusk | © joel von allmen

all images courtesy of hermès 

 

 

technological innovation dedicated to creativity

 

in 2018, hermès initiated a meeting with the neuchâtel-based swiss center for electronics and microtechnology (CSEM) as part of its search for a technological innovation that would be dedicated to creativity. this gave rise to a project for a dial made from a silicon wafer, chosen for its purely aesthetic qualities and not just its semiconductor properties- a first for the brand.  depending on the amount of material deposited during production, its color varies across an infinite palette of subtle and unique shades. the dials of the cape cod crépuscule are created from a single 0.5 mm thick plate, which is coated in a precise manner with a tiny film (72-nanometre) of silicon nitride to obtain the desired intense blue color. 

 

 

then comes the photolithography stage, during which the wafer is exposed to a blue light so as to print the pattern. the process involves several successive baths, before the gold-coating stage, followed by the removal of any superfluous material. finally, the plate is precisely cut to the shape of the cape cod case. the dial with its slender gilded hands reveals the bluish shades sprinkled with yellow gold achieved by this unique method combining creativity and nanotechnology. a navy blue calfskin single or double tour strap crafted in the hermès horloger workshops sets the final touch to the watch.

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the silicon wafer was purely chosen for its aesthetic qualities | © david marchon

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the photolithography stage is when the wafer is exposed to a blue light so as to print the pattern | © david marchon

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the dials of the are created from a single thick plate coated with a tiny silicon film | © david marchon

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the highly technological process is carried out by specialized engineers in the CSEM labs | © david marchon

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
after photolithography, several successive baths remove the superfluous material | © david marchon

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the plate is then precisely cut to the shape of the cape cod case | © david marchon

hermès paints in twilight colors with the cape cod crépuscule watch
the product is made of steel and anti-reflective sapphire crystal for the glass | © joel von allmen

 

project info:

 

name: cape cod crépuscule

brand: hermès /@hermes

motif: thanh-phong lê 

engineering: neuchâtel-based swiss center for electronics and microtechnology (CSEM)

case: shape/dimensions: rectangular, 29 x 29mm
materials: steel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
type: quartz, swiss made
strap: navy blue calfskin

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