Hermes Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh (Price, Pictures and Specifications)
The Hermes Arceau watch, created by Henri d’Origny in 1978, lends its classic yet distinctive round shape – with its asymmetrical stirrup-inspired lugs – to infinite expressions of Hermès creativity, style and expertise.
Its timeless white gold silhouette stages an alliance between leather craftsmanship and Haute Horlogerie in a one-of-a-kind pocket watch. Beating to the rhythm of the Manufacture H1924 minute-repeater and tourbillon movement, the Hermes Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh! frames a refined white enamel dial, protected by a cover adorned with a tyrannosaurus composed of marquetry and leather mosaic.
After the gruff bear of the Slim of Hermes Grrrrr! and the wolf howling in the moonlight of the Arceau Awooooo (please read more about here), the Arceau Pocket Aaaaaargh! watch is joining the bestiary imagined by English artist Alice Shirley.
On this model, the «king of the tyrant lizards» with half-open jaws and an attentive eye comes to life under the expert guidance of Hermès watchmakers, after a month of meticulous work using exclusive techniques developed in its leather workshops.
The design of the tyrannosaurus, which appears to be peeking through a porthole, stands out against the cover and involves a combination of several demanding skills. The head and scales are made in leather mosaic: thousands of finely hand-cut multicoloured leather fragments are applied one by one to faithfully reproduce the original pattern.
The domed eye of the dinosaur, visible on both sides of the cover, is made of cabochon- cut Grand Feu enamel. Finally, the jaw and tongue are crafted in leather marquetry: fine tesserae are cut from various coloured leathers, previously thinned to just 0.5 mm, before being juxtaposed on the enamel base.
Setting the final touch to this miniaturised leather artwork, a matt green alligator leather cord-strap is secured to the rectangular stirrup and accentuates the overall design.
Hermes Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh
· Manufacture Hermès H1924 movement Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
· Diameter: 30mm
· Thickness: 8.89mm
· Power reserve: 90 hours
· Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
· Functions: Hours, minutes, minute repeater, flying tourbillon
· Shape/size: Round, 48 mm in diameter
· Material: White gold case and cover
· Watch glass: Anti-glare sapphire crystal and caseback Caseback engraved with the inscription “Pièce unique”
· Water resistance: 3 bar
Dial: White enamel on a white gold base
Cover: “Aaaaargh” marquetry and leather mosaic motif. Grand Feu enamel eye
Leather Cord-Strap: Medium - green alligator leather
The price for the Hermes Arceau Pocket Aaaaargh is EUR 300,000. The watch is a unique piece and will be in the Faubourg store in Paris next week.