Akin to wearable miniature artworks, these Metiers d’art watches showcase an array of centuries-old decorative art techniques to spectacular effect.
The vivid Arceau Toucan de Paradis dial incorporates two crafts that
took five years to perfect: miniature enamelling is highlighted with the use of multicoloured silk threads – a unique and exclusive Hermès technique inspired by a kimono weaving workshop in Japan.
Composed of 500 individually assembled threads, the Amazonian bird motif requires an entire week to create. First, the white gold base is enamelled. The artisan then uses a very fine brush to coat it with glass
powders mixed with natural oils, which are applied in several layers, dried and fired in the kiln. Recesses to house the silk threads are engraved
around the enamelled surfaces. Each thread is meticulously positioned and fixed into place to create subtly
shimmering light and preserve a perfect weave. The 38mm white gold case with a diamond-set bezel frames the eye-catching dial and houses the Hermès H1912 self-winding movement. A Zanzibar blue calfskin strap accentuates the colours of the watch, which is issued in a numbered,
limited edition of 24 timepieces.