Elegance and a sports look are no longer contradictory. Hermès has proved it once again with the new men’s watch from the Arceau collection.

Kalos kagathos, “the beautiful and the good” in Ancient Greek. The words were used in Antiquity to describe refinement and prestige. When you first see the new Arceau Chrono Titane, which will be officially launched by Hermès at the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in January 2018, you find that the words fit this timepiece like a glove. The fruit of the inspiration of Henry d’Origny in 1978, the Arceau model has defied the passing of time. It has kept abreast of fashion through new and apt interpretations, always remaining true to the original spirit. In this version, the 41mm-wide case and asymmetrical buckle are made of titanium, giving the watch greater lightness and robustness. Its natural elegance, originating from the world of horse-riding, has also developed into a more sporting style.

hermes arceau chrono titane closeup

On the galvanic black dial, the dauphine-style watch hands point to Arabic numerals with their instantly recognisable style. A self-winding movement drives the measurement of short time periods with the help of a large central second hand and hour and minute sub-dials, placed at 9 and 6 o’clock. To round off the time features, a running seconds sub-dial at 3 o’clock can be used to check the calibre is working correctly (42 hours of power reserve). There is also a date counter at 4.30.

The Arceau Chrono Titane comes with a refined strap made of natural Barenia calfskin or embossed black leather, with saddle stitching highlighting the unique skills of the Parisian brand.

Price: €4,200 (natural leather strap) – €4,300 (black leather strap) hermes.com

By Dan Diaconu

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