Hermès Arceau Petite Lune

Hermès Arceau Petite Lune

Jeté de diamants et saphirs

December 8th, 2020
Diamonds and sapphires light up the steel case
and mother-of-pearl dial of the Arceau Petite Lune watch.

Created in 1978 by Henri d’Origny, the Arceau watch mingles understatement with distinctiveness. Its round case with asymmetrical stirrup-shaped lugs and sloping Arabic numerals evoking a galloping horse endow it with timeless elegance.

Arceau Petite Lune is lit up by 87 sapphires and 68 diamonds set in « Jeté » from the 38 mm steel case to the natural white mother-of-pearl dial. As if blown in by a gentle breeze, the azure blue stones surround a mischievous Moon sparkling against a deep blue sky dotted with stars. The mischievous night star, designed by Franco-German artist Édouard Baribeaud for the Hermès silk scarf titled “Acte III, Scène I, la Clairière...”, is freely inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Swept over by slender hands, the lunar glow of the mother-of-pearl is enlivened by random setting and stretches to the pointer-type date and sloping numerals at 6 o’clock. The whole fascinating performance is choreographed by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 self-winding movement complete with a Petite Lune module and driving the hours, minutes, date as well as the moon-phase appearing between 10 and 11 o’clock. A sapphire blue alligator strap, crafted in accordance with the saddlery-leathermaking skills of the Maison, adorns this watch entirely designed in the Hermès watchmaking workshops.

Time, a Hermès object

Hermès creates objects. Objects shaped by the hands of artisans to make them true companions for those who wear them. Practical, functional and stemming from uncompromising expertise, they radiate the lightness of the unexpected. They make everyday life their playground, and each instant a uniquely special moment.

For Hermès, time is also an object. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation.

Hermès Arceau Petite Lune

Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement
Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland
Diameter: 26 mm (11 1⁄2’’’)
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, date at 6 o’clock, moon phase between 10 and 11 o’clock
Module: Petite Lune (small moon)

Shape/size: Round, 38 mm in diameter
Material: Stainless steel.
“Scattering of diamonds and sapphires” setting.
22 blue sapphires and 10 diamonds.
Crown: Set with 1 diamond
Crystal: Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial: Natural white mother-of-pearl dial set with 65 blue sapphires and 58 diamonds.
Moon-phase indicator with blue background and rhodium-plated decor.

Bracelet: Sapphire blue alligator