To coincide with the Chinese year of Horse, Hermès announces the Arceau Lift Chevaux en camouflage, an exceptional timepiece crafted by merging the traditional and high end watchmaking and cloisonné enamelling techniques.
Available in two 8-piece limited editions, this micro mechanical marvel boasts a Manufacture Hermès flying tourbillon and the art of cloisonné enamel, revealing a motif inspired by a Hermès silk carré: Chevaux en camouflage.
The artist-artisan begins by sketching on a sheet of paper the outlines of the horses, which will serve as the base for tiny gold wires. The canvas is a gold dial on which he delicately places the golden filaments, thereby marking out the surfaces to be enamelled. Like a painter, he then prepares his palette of colours, a symphony of blue and brown shades, according to the specific version of the watch.
Using the tip of his brush, he applies the colours in light touches to create a play of light and depth effects. In the course of successive firings at around 800°C, the various subtle nuances gradually appear in all their subtle splendour, giving life to the mettlesome horses breaking into a gallop and framed by the white or rose gold case.
The flying tourbillon of the Manufacture Hermès H1923 movement spins airily inside a carriage topped with a double H symbol evoking that of the lift in the historical boutique at 24, Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris.
The Arceau Lift Chevaux en camouflage watch is supplied with a leather strap with finely crafted saddle stitching.
Model: Hermès Arceau Lift Chevaux en camouflage
Mechanical hand-wound H1923 manufacture movement, crafted in Switzerland
Diameter: 32.6 mm (14 ½’’’)
Thickness: 5.75 mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations per hour / 3Hz
Jewelling: 18 jewels
Mirror-polished tourbillon carriage topped with the Lift motif
Bridges chamfered and polished by hand
Gold dial (≈5 g) featuring cloisonné enamelling technique
Blue- or brown-toned “Chevaux en camouflage” (camouflage horses) motif
Rhodium-plated or 4N-glided hands
Round, 43 mm diameter
Material: 750 white gold (≈82.28 g) or 5N 750 rose gold (≈79.83 g)
Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Case-back: Engraved with the Hermès ex libris and featuring a chased opening over the flying tourbillon
Water resistance: 3 atm
Interhorn width: 22 mm
Matt indigo blue alligator or Matt havana alligator
17 mm pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈5.37 g) or in 750 rose gold (≈4.89 g)