At the upcoming watch show Baselworld 2014, Hermes will officially unveil its novelty Arceau Temari dedicated to the ancient Japanese art of Temari. This art form is originally from China and it was introduced to Japan in around the 7th century. The story of this art which in Japanese means “hand ball” is bound up with that of kimonos, since the making of these silk objects provided enough scraps of fabric to make these entertaining pieces that were greatly appreciated at the Japan’s Imperial court.
The art of Tamari had already inspired a series of Hermès silk carré in 2011. This novelty features this motif on the dial showcasing Hermès’ skills of snow setting and hard stone marquetry. The new Hermes Arceau Temari actually brings together the skills of diamond snow setting with hard stone marquetry using either onyx, lapis lazuli, or opal.
The snow-setting is done without a predetermined plan. Each stone is individually selected and set in place. Also, each claw is cut and each grain is beaded so as to create a harmonious overall effect that is unique for each timepiece.
The dial of the new Hermes timepiece is encrusted with 675 diamonds, whereas the crown is decorated with 27 diamonds, including a rose-cut gemstones. Its dial is tooled only with central hour and minute hands which are crafted from white gold.
Hermes Arceau Temari timepiece is housed in a round, feminine case crafted also from white gold. The small-sized case measures 34mm in diameter and it will look great on the beautiful lady’s wrist. The latest addition of the famous Arceau collection comes with a matte black alligator leather strap with a standard buckle in white gold.
The international watch exhibition in Basel will open its doors at the end of this month so we will have the opportunity to see this jewelry model very soon.