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Hermès, elegant illusion
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Hermès, elegant illusion

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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The back of the Arceau Pocket is sheathed in alligator leather. This same pattern of scales is reproduced on the crystal dial using the Millefiori technique. Hermès is the master of illusion.

The Arceau Pocket Millefiori imposes its seduction with its crystal dial that recalls the pattern of alligator scales in a game of double-take with the case-back, sheathed in this precious leather. The Millefiori technique is inspired by the nineteenth-century paperweights crafted by the Cristallerie Saint-Louis. The black colour, an alchemy of minerals whose composition is a closely‑guarded secret, is mixed with incandescent crystal. Once drawn from the mouth of the pots in the furnace, the molten material is transformed into a crystal rod with the glass-maker’s breath. From the rod, a white-hot thread is pulled out, and then cut into sections. The resulting canes are then assembled to form the pattern. This pocket watch is a limited edition of just two pieces.

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