The Maison Hermès is presenting a new vision of time in joining the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva from January 15th to 19th 2018.
This prestigious exhibition is the prime location at which innovations encounter centuries of expertise. Over and above technical performances which seek to measure, order and control time, Hermès dares to explore another time. “We want to awaken a playful relationship with time through an object that is true to its function, explains Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Hermès Artistic Director. We create timepieces stemming from the mastery of numerous skills and reflecting a serene perspective on time/serene vision of time.” Hermès watches are objects that arouse wonderment. Combining mastery of technical innovations and the sensuality of the relationship with the body and movement, they embody the values of the Maison. Within a configuration based on SIHH stands that are identical from the outside, each emphasises its uniqueness through its interior scenography.
On behalf of Hermès, Denis Montel, from the RDAI interior architecture agency, has designed a warm, sophisticated, contemporary setting. The furniture offers a unique journey on which sound, colour and light promotes serenity.
Visitors are welcomed by a vast atrium with maplewood screens. Steles studding the slatted inside walls serve as showcases. Each watch is revealed in a glass cube. More private spaces, spread out like a second skin, enable personalised discussions introducing the various models composing the collection. An enclosed theatre, in which the tiers are covered in Hermès fabric, is used for press conferences and presentations.
Day beds and armchairs mingle and merge in golden beige hues. The enduring signature of a decor inspiring a desire to explore the watchmaking creativity of the Maison. As Pierre-Alexis Dumas points out “Our growth is built on loyalty; the ability to astonish is more important than traditional demonstrations, instead extending an invitation to open up unique interludes.”
At the heart of the layout, an installation by Dutch artist, Levi Van Veluw offers visitors a chance to share an emotion akin to a ritual. Inside the low-tech square display windows evoking the shape of the famous Hermès silk scarves, he develops nine interactive animations. Visitors activate little mechanisms which, via a set of pistons and gears, bring to life a spectacular monolith in the centre of the atrium. A building machine offering everyone a timeless experience, an emotion-filled journey on the theme of “time, a Hermès object”.