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Diamonds and sapphires for the Hermès Arceau
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Diamonds and sapphires for the Hermès Arceau

Monday, 14 December 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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A sprinkling of diamonds and sapphires lights up the steel case and mother-of-pearl dial of the Arceau Petite Lune Jeté.

Created in 1978 by Henry d’Origny, the Arceau watch mingles under statement with distinctiveness. Its round case with asymmetrical stirrup-shaped lugs and sloping Arabic numerals evoking a galloping horse endow it with timeless elegance.

Arceau Petite Lune Jeté de diamants et saphirs © Hermès
Arceau Petite Lune Jeté de diamants et saphirs © Hermès

Arceau Petite Lune is lit up by 87 sapphires and 68 diamonds set in “Jeté” from the 38mm steel case to the natural white mother-of-pearl dial. As if blown in by a gentle breeze, the azure blue stones surround a mischievous Moon sparkling against a deep blue sky dotted with stars. The mischievous night star, designed by Franco-German artist Édouard Baribeaud for the Hermès silk scarf titled Acte III, Scène I, la Clairière…, is freely inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Arceau Petite Lune Jeté de diamants et saphirs © Hermès
Arceau Petite Lune Jeté de diamants et saphirs © Hermès

Swept over by slender hands, the lunar glow of the mother-of-pearl is enlivened by random setting and stretches to the pointer-type date and sloping numerals at 6 o’clock. The whole fascinating performance is choreographed by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 self-winding movement complete with a Petite Lune module and driving the hours, minutes, date as well as the moon-phase appearing between 10 and 11 o’clock. A sapphire blue alligator strap, crafted in accordance with the saddlery-leathermaking skills of the Maison, adorns this watch entirely designed in the Hermès watchmaking workshops.

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