A Whimsical Hermès Watch Takes Flight

This timepiece takes inspiration from an archival silk scarf depicting fantastical airships.

Long before aviation was possible, artists and inventors dreamed of taking flight. Kites made of bamboo, paper and cloth are said to have appeared in China more than 2,000 years ago, and Leonardo da Vinci sketched the ornithopter, a bat-shaped machine powered by foot pedals and hand levers, four centuries before the airplane. In 1783, when the brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier launched the world’s first passenger-ready hot-air balloon, they sent a sheep, a duck and a rooster on its maiden voyage. It was these and other imaginative modes of aerial transportation that inspired the French artist Loïc

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