In focusing the year 2012 on the theme of Time, Hermès has chosen to enrich the Arceau line with two new models. The famous watch featuring asymmetrical lugs reasserts its soberly understated elegance by appearing in new dimensions and accommodating Manufacture calibers.
Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the Arceau watch is immediately recognizable: the horns have disappeared on either side of the round case, replaced by two lugs echoing he shape and curve of a stirrup. This aesthetic principle ensures the closest possible fit between strap and case, as if the leather were holding the metal.
Watchmaking enthusiasts and devotees of fine craftsmanship will find in these models he essential spirit of the House: that of an object born of creative passion and carefully mastered production – evidenced right the way through from the design of the case to the workmanship on the strap, as well as in the making of exclusive hand-finished movements. The plates are circular-grained and snailed, the oscillating weight is satin brushed and adorned with a sprinkling of H symbols – the iconic Hermès pattern – as indeed are the bridges, which also feature original cut-out shapes.
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