Anticipation stirs the imagination like nothing else. We consider the situation that we will have sometime in the future as distinctly better than what we have now purely because we want what we do not have. Consequently, in that liminal space between having and not having, we experience the full spectrum of emotional pleasure, buoyed by the mental drama we can enjoy right now.
And emotional pleasure, in essence, is what the brand‑new 2017 Slim d’Hermès L’heure Impatiente is all about. In line with the other seminal watches from the brand that ply their appeal in the whimsical arena of complicated watchmaking, this new watch adds yet another dimension to the brand’s unique philosophy of time.
There is no doubt that, in the realm of the emotional complication, Hermès has proven to be the undisputed master. Witness what the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu, the brand’s first attempt into this unique world, did to watchmaking when it was first introduced. Instantly, all notions of what a complication was about were thrown out the window. Instead of a complication existing to add some measure of precision to the watch, as in the case of a chronograph to measure elapsed time, a tourbillon to improve precision of the balance wheel to negate the effects of gravity, or a perpetual calendar to know the exact date of the year regardless of whether it was a leap year or not, this amazing watch instead, sought to render its basic function, to tell the time, moot.
How did it do this? A little pusher on the side of the case when depressed would instantly cause the hands to jump to an unreadable time. Why such a weird complication in this watch? Simple. Time is as much possessive of utilitarian qualities as it does of emotion. In our minds, we suspend time, or the act of caring for it, when we want to daydream or just be present in the moment of our choosing.