Hermès‘ new Toucan watch is a luxury piece, handcrafted to its infinite detail, as it takes 500 silk threads and a week of intense embroidery, just to produce an intricate dial. This luxury brand never ceases to surprise and has done it again, with a luxury piece that embodies Hermès philosophy and exclusive style.
Hermés is now one of the watchs industry’s most important producers of handcrafted and artsy dials, it’s limited edition métiers d’art pieces are admired by collectors, especially the ones inspired by the brand’s iconic scarf patterns. But this luxury brand’s path in this industry is not that long, since Hermès surprised the watch industry 15 years when it began to produce luxury Swiss-made watches with manufacturing movements. The luxury jewelry brand was not totally new to this area, once Hermès established its first watch division in Switzerland in 1978 when it introduced the Arceau, still one of its signature lines.
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The brand new luxury watch is the Toucan de Paradis, inspired by a scarf designed for Hermès by British artist Katie Scott, known for her stylized botanical and animal illustrations. Through a process of hand-threaded silk embroidery over an enamel dial, the exotic bird is presented in bold colors.
It takes a full week to create one Toucan de Paradis dial, it’s composed of 500 individually assembled threads. The white and gold base is first enameled, and with a very fine brush, the artist coats it with glass powders mixed with natural oils, which are then applied in several layers, dried, and fired in the kiln. Each one of the 500 threads is carefully placed in its perfect place to create the right reflection of light and the precise design. This luxury watch by Hermès is limited to 24 pieces.
Agnès Paul-Depasse, a straw marquetry artist, created this technique only for Hermès, after creating several pieces for the brand before. The inspiration for this technique came after a visit to a kimono weaving workshop in Kyoto, Japan, and then the artist found a way to duplicate the process on a watch dial.