Since 1978, the ever-so discreet style imagined by Henri d’Origny, inspired by his equestrian fantasy, breathes life into the curves of HermèsArceau watches. With the Grande Lune center staged in 2011, we discover the features of this highly-particular design which infuses the models of the collection with its one-of-a-kind personality such as the double asymmetric clasp fashioned like stirrups and tilted Arabic numerals. Its 2020 vintage displays the same adornments and stands out with its sunburst blue dial boasting incredible luminous intensity. The fine rhodium-plated hour and minute hands and central direct-drive rotate around this dazzling décor. This time data is completed by a full calendar. The day and month feature in their respective apertures at 12 o’clock. The date encircles a moon phase flaunting a starry sky in a large aperture at 6 o’clock.
In its 43 mm-diameter case, which resists splashes and rain, a Swiss-made selfwinding movement equipped with moon phases, created by Dubois-Dépraz, drives all the timepiece’s functions. The components’ circular-grained, spiraling finishes adorned with Côtes de Genève are revealed through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
This Arceau Grande Lune is complemented by a deep blue alligator strap attached by a folding clasp, crafted in keeping with the great tradition for which the Parisian saddler reigns supreme since 1837.
Price: EUR4,900 hermes.com
By Dan Diaconu