Hermes Arceau 78 (Pictures and Specifications)
Ever since its creation, Arceau by Hermès has played with different styles, a natural privilege afforded by its understated design and its deliberately simple lines. Arceau 78 features a round case in mirror-polished stainless steel, topped by a beadblasted bezel in matt brushed stainless steel and distinctive equestrian-inspired asymmetrical lugs reflecting the origins of the Maison founded on the Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Bearing hours, minutes and 6 o’clock date displays powered by a Swiss made quartz movement, the finely grained anthracite dial is punctuated by slender cream-coloured luminescent hands and Arabic numerals. This delicate contrast accentuates the characteristic design of its sloping numerals. The Arceau 78 is fitted with a natural Barenia calf leather strap crafted in the Hermès Horloger workshops, as indeed are the case and dial.
The Hermes Arceau 78 watch features the understated and elegant allure of a timeless object paradoxically in tune with its time. In 1978, Henri d’Origny ‘unbridled’ aesthetic codes by combining a round case with asymmetrical lugs inspired by stirrups, and a sloping font evoking a horse’s galop. This Very Large Model in stainless steel with a 40 mm diameter now comes with a grained anthracite dial, cream-coloured numerals and hands, as well as a natural Barenia calf strap.
Hermes Arceau 78
· Shape/dimensions: Round, 40 mm diameter
· Materia: Stainless steel with beadblasted bezel
· Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment
· Water resistance: 3 bar
· Grained anthracite dial.
· Hand-finished transferred Arabic numerals coated with cream-coloured Super-LuminNova
· Black gold hands coated with cream-coloured Super-LumiNova
· Type: Quartz, Swiss made
· Functions: Hours, minutes, date at 6 o’clock
Strap: Natural Barenia calf leather
The price for the Hermes Arceau 78 is CHF 3,150 or Euro 2,700 and will be available in April 2019.