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New: Hermès Arceau H déco – celebrating the International Women’s Day

by Peter Chong on March 8, 2019

Hermès announces two new Arceau watches with mother-of-pearl marquetry and gemsetting. Framed by a gold and diamond case, the H déco motif inspired by the eponymous Hermès tableware appears as a distinctive decorative interpretation, while the dial centre bearing a double H twirls in step with wrist movements.

Press Release

The Arceau watch, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, highlights two crafts in a new creation imbued with the Art Deco spirit. Crafted from mother-ofpearl marquetry and set with diamonds, a dial with a moving heart reinterprets the H déco pattern of the porcelain tableware: a black and white motif inspired by the ironwork adorning the boutique on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.

In the centre, slender hands sweep over two intertwined Hs, stamped on a mother-of-pearl disc that twirls to the rhythm of the wrist movements. In a contrasting duo, the black version is lit up by gemset hoops; while the white version, paved with 432 diamonds, is marked with arched gold decorative fillets. This meticulous work accomplished by the Hermès artisans requires two days of work for a single dial. The white gold base is first sculpted in preparation for the mother-of-pearl inlay, and then polished. The mother-of-pearl artisan carefully puts in place each fragment of the motif cut to just 0.2 mm thick and the gemsetter finally adorns it with several hundred diamonds.

Hermes GVA cadran nacre Geneve, 25 04 2018 Photo © David Marchon
Hermes GVA cadran nacre Geneve, 25 04 2018 Photo © David Marchon

Housing a mechanical self-winding Manufacture Hermès movement, the discreet round case with its asymmetrical lugs is lit up by two rows of diamonds, as well as a rose-cut diamond on the crown. It is topped by a sapphire crystal engraved with the Hermès logo that appears to be levitating. Its stirrup-inspired lugs secure it to a smooth black alligator strap crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops, as too is the white gold case.

Hermès Arceau H déco Technical Specs

MOVEMENT

Type: Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made

Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement

Diameter: 9 mm Thickness: 3.7 mm

Power reserve: 50 hours Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4 Hz

Functions: Hours, minutes

CASE

Shape/Size: Round, 34 mm in diameter

Material: White gold set with 198 diamonds

Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back

Crown: Set with a rose-cut diamond

Water resistance: 3 bar

DIAL

White gold set with 372 diamonds, H déco motif, black mother-of-pearl marquetry

OR

White gold set with 432 diamonds, H déco motif, white mother-of-pearl

STRAP

Smooth black alligator

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