For 2019, Hermès has revealed a truly exceptional timepiece that’s not only stunning in terms of horological brilliance but also aesthetically simply fantastic. Meet the Hermès Arceau L’Heure De La Lune, a timepiece that has a very interesting expression of the moon phase complication. The Arceau L’Heure De La Lune timepiece doesn’t have one but a pair of moons that are made of mother-of-pearl. What’s interesting is that the moons are stationary on the dial and instead there is a complementary pair of floating lacquer dials that on the top and complete a full rotation around a central axis of the dial once every 59 days. The rotating dials in turn cover and uncover the two moons of the dial, indicating the current moon phase in both the southern and northern hemispheres at once – how cool is that! One of the floating dials indicates the hour and minutes, while the other one displays the date.
Arceau L’Heure De La Lune timepiece has a dreamy appeal thanks to the two moons and the background choices. The watch can be had with two different dial designs, one with a meteorite dial and graduated grey lacquered discs and the other with an aventurine dial and white lacquered discs. The two moons also have two different designs, the lower moon featuring the lunar surface, while the upper moon sporting a pegasus motif by artist and designer Dimitri Rybaltchenko. The watch has a 43mm white gold Arceau case that encases an Hermès caliber H1837 movement. The movement is fitted with a special module called the “L’Heure De La Lune” that was specifically created for this fantastic display and it’s made of over 100 components. The watch can be had with Matte abyss blue or graphite alligator strap with white gold folding clasp. Only 100 individually numbered pieces of each version are available for sale with a price-tag of $25,500 apiece.