Hermès is loved and collected for its iconic bags, belts, shoes and accessories — and in-the-know watch lovers have also been keeping a keen eye on what the Parisian luxury brand has been up to in the field of watchmaking.
While the brand has been gaining ground with its high-exotica pieces of haute horlogerie such as the Hermès L'Heure De La Lune or Le Temps Suspendu, it has also been offering yet more competitively priced luxury pieces truly designed and made to be your favorite daily wear. Such is the Arceau line of Hermès luxury watches that came to be in 1978 thanks to the design genius of Henri d’Origny.
Its stirrup-styled lugs to secure the strap are a tribute to the brand’s equestrian heritage — who knew that inspiration would work so well on a watch case? The Hermès Arceau Squelette measures 40mm in diameter and is just 9.5mm thick — proportions many will agree is in the perfect range for a timepiece to be worn to the office, to formal events and through the weekend. Never overstated, nor insignificant. Just right.
The movement is a sourced SW300 caliber that is currently exclusive to the brand, with a bespoke Hermès rotor on the back and fascinating transparency on the front.
Full of unique details and available on a choice of famously high-end Hermès straps, the Hermès Arceau Squelette is priced at approx. €7,300.
Words: David B.