NEW: Hermès Arceau Harnais Français Remix
Evocative craftsmanship at the forefront.
Classic and fuss-free, the Hermès Arceau has always been the perfect canvas for showcasing the brand’s expertise in métiers d’art. With a round case and asymmetrical stirrup-like lugs, the Arceau is a nod to Hermès’ equestrian lineage and provides an apt accompaniment to the equine-themed motif seen in the new Arceau Français Remix.
The timepiece showcases a delicately hand-painted and engraved porcelain dial that, at first glance, looks like a piece of intricate embroidery. The pair of horses on the dial is based on the central element of the ‘Harnais Français Remix’ silk scarf designed by Hermès’ in-house designer in the 1940s and 1950s. Inspired by an art piece from the private collection of Émile Hermès, the design shows two horses in elaborately adorned bridles with multi-coloured feathers on the top.
The profile of the horses is first engraved on unglazed Limoges porcelain (a type of hard-paste porcelain from the Limoges region of France). Following this, various colours are painted on directly, with each successive layer baked precisely at high temperatures to intensify the pigments of each hue.
Once completed, the dial is housed in a 38mm white gold case with 82 diamonds around the bezel and finished with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both the dial-side and caseback. Driving the watch is the in-house self-winding Calibre H1912 with a power reserve of 50 hours. A raspberry alligator strap complements the colours on the dial and completes the look. Limited to 24 numbered pieces, the Arceau Harnais Français Remix is, quite simply, a stunning work of art based on an equally impressive work of art.
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