ARCEAU HEURE DE LA LUNE
Being over the moon and having your eyes on the stars… For those who dream of far-distant horizons, the Parisian house proposes new variations of its dial fashioned with stone from outer space.
In 2019, Hermès whisked us off on an amazing spatiotemporal journey with its Arceau Heure de la Lune model. The elegant case designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978 was now the setting for a truly-oneiric mechanical animation. At 12 o’clock, the moon adorned a Pegasus imagined by talented artist Dimitri Rybaltchenko. This portrayal of the winged horse, entitled “Pleine Lune” (Full Moon), hints at “a passage between two worlds, where magic and reality merge” states the artist. The depiction of the Earth’s satellite from the North hemisphere, poised symmetrically at 6 o’clock, realistically mirrors its surface.
Following on from two versions, one in aventurine, the other in meteorite, where the two discs respectively display the hours and minutes and the date, three new dials now come into play. Each of them is designed as a limited edition. 30 pieces showcasing a fragment of gray-hued Black Sahara meteorite, 36 unveiling a Moon meteorite with Havana nuances and two timepieces center staging a Mars meteorite in khaki green. The rotation of the counters, still set at 59 days, offers real-time, simultaneous displays of the Moon phases in the North and South hemispheres.
And, like the first editions, all these watches are driven by the H1837 caliber. This self-winding movement developed by the watchmaker Jean-François Mojon nestles in a 43 mm-diameter case. Based on the versions, the watch is complemented by a matte-black, Havana or Veronese green alligator strap.
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By Dan Diaconu
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