First-time exhibitor Hermès brings its brand of creativity and flair to SIHH
HERMÈS MADE A MEMORABLE splash at SIHH with a “Let’s Play” theme and a collection of stylish timepieces that combined its inimitable take on time with métiers d’art know-how.
Leading the line-up is the Carré H, which updates the 2010 classic for a sportier, edgier and sleeker vibe. Presented in a larger steel case, with polished and microbead-blasted finishes, it also features a right-angled guilloche on the dial and faceted hands and numerals – all of which work together to create a play on light. On the numerals, zero has been added to single digits to keep the dial’s design in harmonious proportion. As a final touch of pizzazz, the second hand is painted bright yellow against the dark-grey dial and red against the black dial.
With the Arceau Casaque, Hermès references its equestrian roots and teams its famous Arceau case with the Cavale motif. Found also on the knight from the brand’s Samarcande chess set, the horse’s outline is expressed through various artistic techniques: champlevé enamel, lacquer and transfer. Presented in eye-catching blue, red, green and yellow, it has an 18mm steel case that can be paired with a matching leather bracelet.
Last but not least is the Arceau Pocket Millefiori, a precious pocket watch made using an ancient glassmaking technique known as millefiori (Italian for “a thousand flowers”). The dials are hand-made by Crystal Saint-Louis, a glass manufacturer owned by Hermès, and no two are the same.
While millefiori has featured on Hermès dials since 2014, this year’s execution is markedly different. On the 48mm dial is an alligator scale pattern that matches impeccably with the black matte alligator leather back cover on the reverse.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: HERMÈS CARRÉ H; ARCEAU CASAQUE; ARCEAU POCKET MILLEFIORI