Hermès Arceau Cheval d’Orient mixes haute horology with French lacquer art

If Hermès displayed high watchmaking with its elevator inspired limited edition Arceau Lift, it has added art of French lacquer to that in the Arceau Cheval d’Orient. Think, the maison’s most emblematic table turned lacquered dial for a 3-watches, 24-pieces, limited edition collection.

hermes-arceau-cheval-dorient-2Contrary to Japanese and Chinese tradition of lacquering bamboo and wood, the skilled craftsmen and women at Hermès have applied the first traces of the art in miniature to the timepieces using a fine-tipped brush. Once the first layers of lacquer – pigments mixed with a copal-based varnish – set, the lacquer specialists have repeated this process till they could achieve a deep black base.

READ:  Hermès and Christie’s serve up a one-of-a-kind Passe-Guide Bag for Spain in a charity auction

hermes-arceau-cheval-dorient-3It is this base and the penciled contours of the design that have helped bring out the horses, decked out in their Persian saddle rugs in blues, greens, and yellows, in addition to Asian reds and blacks. Aside from the Vernis Martin French technique, each dial is assembled in a 41mm white gold Arceau case, with the Manufacture Hermès automatic H1837 calibre. The watches are fitted with a matt black alligator strap, equipped with a pin buckle in white gold.

READ:  Hermès’ new Sellier Birkin may be a minimal masterpiece but at $14,900, the price is as extravagant as ever

[Via – World-Tempus]

hermes-arceau-cheval-dorient-4

hermes-arceau-cheval-dorient-5