ARCEAU Hermès Story

The new ARCEAU Hermès Story models blend the free-spirited Hermès watchmaking with traditional artistic skills like wood marquetry, miniature painting and engraving.

This watch series was inspired by English designer John Burton’s Hermès Story silk scarf in the spring/summer 2022 collection. In this work, he reinterprets the uses of social media, an offbeat universe that he depicts beneath the gaze of various fauna amused by the selfie exercise.  The Maison has launched two Arceau Hermès Story watches to capture the essence of these fantasy animals.

ARCEAU Hermès Story, Rose Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli
ARCEAU Hermès Story, Rose Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli

Dressed in an 18K rose gold case, the first version highlights a tiger composed of wood marquetry. The feline with turquoise eyes combines plum, tulipwood, ash-olive, maple and sycamore in 290 pieces of wood patiently cut, stained and assembled one by one.

Butterflies, hummingbirds, turtles and peacocks give unique depth to the dial through their hand-engraved and painted gold applique. Next to them, rabbits and praying mantises are miniature-painted in various layers that endow them with subtle depth achieved after five days of artisanal devotion. The 38 mm rose gold case of this timepiece has a bezel set with 82 diamonds. It is issued in a 12-piece limited and numbered edition.

The white gold version of the ARCEAU Hermès Story is a 24-piece limited and numbered edition. It showcases miniature painting on the shimmering mother of- pearl dial. Varnished, polished and smoothed by hand, it is adorned with 20 or so layers of multiple colours designed to reveal its subtle nuances and reflections.

ARCEAU Hermès Story, White Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli
ARCEAU Hermès Story, White Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli

In this ARCEAU Hermès Story watch, the princess appears on her wooden horse at the heart of an animal circle where toucan, turtle, peacock, swallow and rabbit vie for the best spot in a countryside selfie.

Technical details

Model: ARCEAU Hermès Story, Rose Gold Version

ARCEAU Hermès Story, Rose Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli
ARCEAU Hermès Story, Rose Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli

Movement
Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Diameter: 23.30 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
Functions: Hours, minutes
Decoration: Circular-grained and snailed baseplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, with signature ‘sprinkling of Hs’ pattern, rhodium-plated oscillating weight.

Case
Shape / size: Round, 38 mm diameter
Material: Rose gold, bezel set with 82 diamonds
Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Dial with miniature painting on agate, wood marquetry, engraved and hand-painted gold appliques

Strap
Chantilly alligator

Edition
Limited and numbered edition of 12 pieces

Model: ARCEAU Hermès Story, White Gold Version

ARCEAU Hermès Story, White Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli
ARCEAU Hermès Story, White Gold Version ©Anita Schlaefli

Movement
Manufacture Hermès H1912 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Diameter: 23.30 mm
Thickness: 3.9 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
Functions: Hours, minutes
Decoration: Circular-grained and snailed baseplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, with signature ‘sprinkling of Hs’ pattern, rhodium-plated oscillating weight.

Case
Shape / size: Round, 38 mm diameter
Material: White gold, bezel set with 82 diamonds
Glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water-resistant to 3 bar

Dial
Miniature painted on natural white mother of pearl

Strap
Pastel blue alligator

Edition
Limited and numbered edition of 24 pieces