Hermes’ Arceau watch has an origin story that dates back to 1978 when Henri d’Origny, Artistic Director of Hermès fitted a round watch with asymmetrical lugs in a shape inspired by stirrups to create a new style that is popular even to this day. The company’s new Arceau Casaque gives the style a contemporary twist with primary colors and a minimal – but detailed- dial.
The dial is crafted using champlevé, lacquer and transfer techniques. Hollows are first created in the dial base, then filled with lacquer. A matt tone-on-tone transferred chevron motif lends the final touch to this colorful composition. Their bright tones bring to mind the horse-head pawns of a classic French children’s board game.
Each 36mm case is made from steel and is powered by a quartz movement. The watch is available in red, blue green and yellow and sports a matching calfskin strap. These aren’t particularly offbeat watches by any means, but their simplicity and versatility will ensure a degree of popularity. Hermes keeps things fairly simple where their timepieces are concerned.