Hermès Arceau 34 mm

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, Swiss watch brand La Montre Hermès enriches its Arceau line with a new ladies’ model. The famous watch with its asymmetrical lugs reaffirms its understated elegance by treating itself to new dimensions and a Manufacturemade calibre.

Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, the Arceau watch is immediately recognisable thanks to the absence of lugs on either side of the round case, replaced by two asymmetrical curving stirrup shaped attachments. They thus secure the strap so closely to the case that it seems as if the leather itself were holding the metal. This distinctive character is accentuated by the 34 mm diameter of the case. This year, the Arceau watch welcomes its very first Manufacture 10 ½ lines, movement, especially made for Hermès by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. Its name, H912, is a reference to the date of the photo on which Jacqueline Hermès appears wearing a “porteoignon”, meaning an ingenious system serving to secure a pocket-watch to the wrist.

The sophisticated horological nature of the Arceau watch is immediately apparent on its dial with its characteristic sloping numerals and a stamped radiating motif centred around the small seconds, itself highlighted by a delicate decorative fillet. Displaying a distinct flair for detail, Hermès has set the crown of this model with a rose-cut diamond.

The new collection comprises six models: two in gemset steel, two in rose gold, and two in gemset rose gold with a matt black, havana or blue alligator strap. The range is complemented by a 100-piece limited edition to celebrate the watchmaking centenary of the House. The latter rose gold version is gemset on both the bezel and strap attachments, while the dial is graced with natural white mother-of-pearl surrounding a silver-toned centre. Finally, a padded saddle-stitched alligator strap entirely made in the Montre Hermès workshops in Brügg sets the final touch to this composition.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement, Vaucher Manufacture H1912
23.9 mm in diameter (10 ½ lignes)
3.7 mm thick
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
50-hour power reserve
193 parts including 28 jewels
Circular grained and snailed bottom plate, oscillating weight adorned with the special Hermès decoration (H symbols)
Anniversary piece: Rhodium-plated and golden (3N) oscillating weight

Functions
Hour, minute, small second at 6 o’clock

Model Variations
Reference 037930WW00

  • Dial: Silver sunburst motif, rhodium plated hour-markers
  • Case: Round, 34 mm diameter, 316L steel set with 60 diamonds (0.7ct)
  • Crown: Set with a rose cut diamond, diameter 3 mm (0,07 ct)
  • Strap : Padded Hermès Leather: Matt indigo blue alligator
  • Water-resistant to 3 atm
  • Glass: Glare proof sapphire crystal and case back

References: 037931WW00 (havana) 037932WW00 (black)

  • Dial: Silver sunburst motif, rose gold plated hour-markers
  • Case: Round, 34 mm diameter, 750 rose gold (42 g)
  • Crown: Set with a rose cut diamond, diameter 3 mm (0,07 ct)
  • Strap: Padded Hermès Leather: Matt havana alligator or matt black alligator
  • Water-resistant to 3 atm
  • Glass: Glare proof sapphire crystal and case back

References: 037933WW00, 037934WW009 with havana strap) & 038104WW00

  • Dial: Silver sunburst motif, rose gold plated hour-markers; Anniversary piece: Silvered and white natural mother-of-pearl dial
  • Case: Round, 34 mm diameter, 750 rose gold (42 g) set with 60 diamonds (0.7ct); Anniversary piece: Set with 74 diamonds (1.01 ct)
  • Crown: set with a rose cut diamond, diameter 3 mm (0,07 ct)
  • Strap: Padded Hermès Leather: Matt havana alligator or matt black alligator
  • Water-resistant to 3 atm
  • Glass: Glare proof sapphire crystal and case back

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