First-time ex­hibitor Her­mès brings its brand of cre­ativ­ity and flair to SIHH

Prestige Hong Kong - - 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.


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