Hermès launches its latest high jewellery line, Lignes sensibles. Dreamed up by Creative Director Pierre Hardy, who’s been at the maison since 2001, shared that he was “inspired by objects that are used to listen to the body, such as the stethoscope, which allows you to hear sounds and vibrations that are otherwise imperceptible to the ear.”
The 45-piece collection includes necklaces, bracelets, brooches and rings that invokes both elements of intimacy and sensuality. A few of the pieces stood out for us: one Contre la peau necklace lists 867 brilliant-cut diamonds (45.3 carats) that adorns the skin while another, the Hermès Réseau lumière is adorned with 356 dripping sapphires (41.28 carats) in graduated shades of green-blue, purple, yellow-orange and pastel pink.
“The entire collection is oriented towards intimacy. I have tried to mark the passage between the interior and the exterior: the pieces of jewellery that I create are like small organs that emit sounds. They are subtle pulsations that form a connection with the invisible. Often, with jewellery, “sound mingles with light”, to quote Baudelaire. But this collection is quite silent, the pieces are discreet, both in weight and dimensions,” Hardy shared.
He added: “I wanted to use a range of gemstones in colours close to skin tone. I looked for flesh colours, shades specific to the complexion, the lips, or the iris. I looked for cloudy, milky materials to become one with the skin. In my previous collections, the link with the body was achieved through metaphors, such as the chain. Here it is direct: the jewellery is closer than ever to the body itself. The pieces fit closely around the finger, around the neck, around the wrist. I wanted to return to this symbiosis: to be at one with the skin.”