The limited edition Hermès Dressage L’heure Masquée is a unique timepiece that hark back to a time long gone. At a glance you would think the watch is missing a hand, that is not the case, it is designed after pre-17th century pocket watches with single hands. However, it features a couple of hidden functions that operates with the push of a crown.
The L’heure Masquée follows the same “perception of time” mode Hermès introduced with the Cape Cod Grand Hours collection, which creates the illusion of “suspended time” by slowing or speeding the movement of the hour hand. For the Masquée (means ‘hidden’ in French,) Hermès has further modified the perception of time function by adding “veiling time”, here wearer have to look for the hidden hour hand when necessary.
Hidden underneath the teasing minute hand and taking a piggyback ride is the hour hand. Hour hand appears to show the time as we used to when the crown is pushed slightly, as soon as the crown is released it disappears back under the minute hand. Minute hand meanwhile continually circles the dial every 60 minutes.
Also hidden is the second time zone display. When the crown is pushed to display hour hand, second time zone appears simultaneously from its hiding place under the GMT window located at 6 o’clock to display time.
The opaline dial decorated with vertical guilloché motif in the center features large Arabic numerals, and hands in colors matching the case. Hands are coated with SuperlumiNova, and Hermès Paris and L’heure Masquée are stamped as well on the dial.
The Hermès Dressage L’heure Masquée is available in 18 karat rose gold and in stainless steel cases that measures 40.5 mm x 38.5 mm. Powered by in-house made automatic Calibre H1925 movement, it offers a 45 hour power reserve, 28,800 vph and water resistance up to 50 meters. Movement decorations circular-grained and snailed main plate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight adorned with the special Hermès “H” symbol are visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
Final piece of decoration arrive with the Hermès matte Havana alligator leather strap with metal folding clasp. Limited to just 1,500 pieces in total, 500 in rose gold will be available at $44,000 each and 1,000 in stainless steel at $19,500 each.
Source: IW Magazine