The Arceau watch is a paragon of rig­or­ous and stylish aes­theti­cism. Cre­ated by Henri d’origny in 1978, it plays on a para­dox­i­cal blend of clas­si­cism and fan­ci­ful de­sign. Each of its de­tails is metic­u­lously thought out, while faith­fully pre­serv­ing its en­vi­able abil­ity to never take it­self too se­ri­ously. The dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the Arceau watch are its font in­spired by the el­e­gance of a gal­lop­ing mount, along with its asym­met­ri­cal lugs. It takes con­sid­er­able plea­sure in mak­ing light of con­ven­tional de­sign codes so as to live its own time. A time to which Her­mès ar­ti­sans give life in the work­shops. The dial is avail­able in a choice of two new shades: blue lac­quered or hazel­nut brown. Be­neath the lat­ter beats Man­u­fac­ture Her­mès Cal­i­bre H1837, a mech­a­nism in­tended not to tame time, but in­stead to im­part a spe­cific ca­dence to each and ev­ery mo­ment, savoured like a ver­i­ta­ble ob­ject of de­sire. Time re­leased from con­straints – but never from style! Fit­ted with an abyss blue or etoupe matt al­li­ga­tor strap, it pur­sues its own path, forged by the ar­ti­sans’ skilled hands.

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