Inspired by a service set by the Maison Hermès, Arceau Cheval d'Orient shines a spotlight on the art of French lacquer through three horological compositions.
Giving life back to the equestrian scene from the picturesque Orient, Hermès unveils its new watches, highlighting the label's French craftsmanship.
With a fine-tipped brush, the artisan first applies the first layers of lacquer – pigments mixed with a copal-based varnish – while allowing three days' drying time between each coat. Building the beautiful work in stages, the lacquer specialist repeats this alternating process for many weeks, adding up to 30 or so coats in order to achieve its deep black base.
Then, after outlining the contours of the equestrian design on the lacquered dial, is the application of colour. Ten days of drying are required before superimposing 20 layers of transparent lacquer, which also require a lengthy drying period.
Coming in a limited numbered edition of 24 pieces, each watch features a dial assembled in a 41mm white gold Arceau case, driven by the Manufacture Hermès automatic H1837 calibre. The watches are also fitted with a matt black alligator strap, equipped with a pin buckle in 750 white gold.