A Swiss watchmaker Hermès has announced the release of a new pocket watch Arceau Pocket Amazones. This unique piece of luxury and elegance is inspired by the motif of a tie designed by Henri d’Origny, long time Artistic Director of the company.
The exquisite timekeeper elevates the spirit of the Maison Hermès through centuries-old hand-crafted expertise, such as grand feu enamelling, along with the miniature painting and paillonné techniques.
A unique enamel dial of this pocket watch shows the elegance of the mounts and their riders. This scene is accented with gold spangles which have been delicately applied one-by-one during the enamelling process, lending exceptional depth to this depiction. Every detail on the dial gives vibrant life to the scene. The delicate nuances and the interplay of light and shade endow it with vitality that only an experienced master-enameller can reveal. All details on the dial were processed at the temperature of around 800°C. Time on the gorgeous dial is indexed by the central hour and minute hands which are made of gold.
The Hermès Arceau Amazones Pocket Watch is housed in a round case crafted from 18-karat white gold. The case comes with the diameter of 43 mm. On the right side of the case, at the 2 o’clock position, there is a crown made of gold. The front side of the case is domed with an antiglare sapphire crystal which is also mounted on its case-back. The case provides water resistance up to 30 meters (100 feet).
The heart of this pocket watch, the Manufacture caliber H1928 mechanical movement features manually chamfered and polished finishes, along with the solid gold oscillating weight encrusted with the Hermès decorative motif – a cavalry of “H” letters, all visible through the transparent sapphire glass case-back.
The self-winding movement built on 32 jewels oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour and provides a full 55 hours of power reserve. This mechanism has the diameter of 25.5 mm and it is 3.5 mm thick.
The Arceau Pocket Amazones timepiece comes with a brown hand-sewnHavanaalligator leather strap. The referent number of this year’s novelty is 038155WW00 and the bad news for all aficionados of contemporary watchmaking is that it is produced in a single copy.