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A moving heart for the Arceau H Déco by Hermès
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A moving heart for the Arceau H Déco by Hermès

Thursday, 14 March 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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Mother-of-pearl marquetry and gem-setting take centre-stage on two new Arceau watches. The H Déco motif is borrowed from the Hermès tea set of the same name while the centre of the dial, signed with a double H, tilts and turns with each movement of the wrist.

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-of pearl 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.

Arceau H Déco (black dial) © Hermès
Arceau H Déco (black dial) © Hermès

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 0.2mm thick and the gemsetter finally adorns it with several hundred diamonds.

Arceau H Déco (white dial) © Hermès
Arceau H Déco (white dial) © Hermès

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.

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