To mark its 35th anniversary, the iconic Arceau model designed by Henri d’Origny welcomes a horological complication displaying the moon phases. Interpreted in a more feminine version with a 38 mm diameter, the Arceau Petite Lune reveals a round steel case featuring asymmetrical lugs evoking the shape and curve of a stirrup – a motif that has become a signature of the Maison Hermès.
This collection comprises two versions with a shimmering white or black mother-ofpearl. The hours are elegantly marked off on sloping Arabic numerals reflecting the original model and extending a graceful invitation to discover time.
The Arceau Petite Lune displays the hours and minutes, along with two complications delicately framed by a rhodiumed ornamental fillet: moon phases, which appear on a deep blue disc with silvered moon and stars; and a pointer-type date indication which marks off the days of the lunar cycles.
Its mechanical self-winding movement is complemented by a module serving to power the moon-phase indication. Endowed with a 42-hour power reserve, its plates and bridges are circular-grained and snailed, while its oscillating weight is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif.
Loyal to the Hermès saddle-making expertise, this timepiece is teamed with an alligator strap available in three colours – indigo blue, elephant grey or black, crafted in the company workshops using the saddle-stitching technique.
Shape/dimensions: Round, 38 mm diameter
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: To 3 atm
Type: Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
Diameter: 26.2 mm (11 ½‘’’)
Thickness: 5.2 mm
Module: Dubois-Dépraz Small Moon
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Jewelling: 21 jewels
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
Hours, minutes, date at 6 o’clock, moon phases at 10.30
White mother-of-pearl, moon phases with blue background and rhodium plated motif, rhodium-plated pearl-shaped hour-markers, black transfer
Black mother-of-pearl, moon phases with blue background and rhodium plated motif, rhodium-plated pearl-shaped hour-markers, white transfer
White mother-of-pearl dial: Matt indigo blue alligator, Smooth elephant grey alligator
Black mother-of-pearl dial: Matt black alligator
Inter-Horn Width: 20 mm
Buckle: 17 mm standard pin buckle in steel