Hermès reconnects to its equestrian roots with the 2018 Arceau watch

Henri d’Origny, legendary artistic director at Hermès, created the first Arceau collection in 1978 when he linked the maison’s association with horse-riding to horology in the form of mismatching lugs on a round watch that look a bit like a saddle’s stirrups.

40 years on, the family has constantly evolved, and returns in its anniversary year with a chronograph function in a lightweight and sporty 41mm bead-blasted titanium case.

Its sloping numerals are back, giving the impression of having been blown in on a playful breeze, says Hermès. The watch is sold on a Barnia calfskin strap with saddle stitching.

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The watch’s black dial has white Arabic numerals and rhodium plated red hands.

The face also sports a small seconds function at 3 o’clock, date between 4 and 5 o’clock, a 30 minute counter at 9 o’clock, 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock, and a central chronograph 60 second hand.



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