ARCEAU LIFT TOURBILLON RÉPÉTION MINUTES
At Hermès time is magically turned into a spellbindingly-attractive object. These one-off pieces diffuse emotion that’s even more powerful as they combine two major complications.
In every watchmaking creation, a detail or a stylistic composition opens the door to Hermès’ ever-so elegant realm, unaffected by trends. The equestrian passion is brought to life in manifold guises such as the lugs in the shape of riding-boot stirrups in the Arceau collection imagined by Henri d’Origny. For the Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes model, the link is incredibly-visible as the white-lacquered or abyss-blue dial, depending on the version, boasts a stylized cut-out of a horse’s head. This openworked motif is not just a nod to the Parisian brand’s esthetic identity. It serves to center stage two captivating watchmaking complications.
At 6 o’clock, a flying tourbillon flaunts its rhythm. Its architecture features a double H, a wink to the iconic logo of the historic Parisian Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique. This perfectly-rounded design tops the barrel cage and bridge. Inside the horse’s head, a minute repeater with double gong chimes the hours, quarters and minutes. A discreet pusher set at 9 o’clock in the caseband triggers the sound. The prestigious engineering of the H1924 caliber is protected in a 43 mm-diameter rose gold or white gold case. The sapphire-crystal caseback invites to admire other components of the hand-wound movement which is equipped with an impressive power reserve: 90 hours!
The Arceau Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes is complemented by a Havana or dark blue alligator strap fashioned in the saddler’s studios.
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By Dan Diaconu
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