WHEN LIFE’S A WHIRLWIND
Once again, the Parisian house whisks us off on a journey, this time round to Mexico, and invites us to discover magnificent creations that set our senses in motion.
Highly-colorful, hand-embroidered folk-style dresses twirl to the rhythm of traditional instrumental music played by mariachis on guitar. Movements flow seamlessly, brilliantly during the well-known Mexican hat dance, aka the Jarabe Tapatio. In 2017, Hermès froze this sumptuous choreography on a delicate silk scarf. Today, it literally comes to life in two limited, numbered Arceau Belles du Mexique series, each rolled out in just 12 pieces. On an orange or raspberry dial, based on the version chosen, applique-style miniature paintings create striking scenography. A bird’s eye view that zooms onto a ballet in motion, because among the dancers depicted, seven of them, poised on a free axis, start to rotate as soon as the wrist moves. They twirl and whirl around themselves on a central disc set with a ring of 23 diamonds. What’s more 82 of these precious stones also dazzle on the bezel.
This colorful composition reigns in a 38 mm-diameter white gold case that hosts the H1912 caliber. This selfwinding movement delivers a power reserve of 50 hours to the waltzing hour and minute hands whenever the timepiece isn’t being worn. And, to ensure the look is perfectly esthetic, each of the Arceau Belles du Mexique watches is complemented by an alligator strap in a matching color. Hermès is without any doubt the choreographer of time.