HERMÈS – Arceau automatique

Designed in 1978 by the talented artist Henri d’Origny who spent over 50 years as an illustrator at Hermès, the Arceau is a classic in the Parisian brand’s watch collections. “Arceau” means “arch” in French and the curvy model certainly lives up to its name. Its asymmetric lugs are inspired by the shape of a stirrup as the equestrian world has been intrinsic to Hermès since 1837. The self-winding calibre inside the new Arceau’s 40mm steel case is named after the milestone year. It brings to life the time and date functions along with a 50-hour power reserve. The centre of the silver dial features chevrons and two rhodium-plated leaf-shape hands tracking the hours and minutes; they glide over the hour rim with Arabic applied numerals which lean forwards like a jockey riding his steed against the wind. Price: 5000 CHF