Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
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Travelling in another dimension, cosmic and dreamlike. Setting foot on the moon and losing one’s sense of time and space. The Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune watch offers a unique vision of Earth’s satellite with the simultaneous display of moon phases in both northern and southern hemispheres. Two mobile counters gravitate on a lunar, Martian or Black Sahara meteorite dial, revealing mother-of-pearl moons in step with an exclusive module, coupled with a Manufacture Hermès movement.

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
Arceau L’heure de la lune Martian meteorite © Joël Von Allmen

An offbeat expression of a classic horological complication, the Arceau L’heure de la lune watch offers an original interpretation of Hermès watchmaking expertise. Framed by a white gold or platinum case, the mechanics adopt a light, barely-there role. Meteorite inlaid with mother-of-pearl form a cosmos in which satellite dials float above hemispherical moons. These mischievous displays have swapped cardinal points, with the south above and the north below. A topsy-turvy direction inviting observers to lose their bearings, with their head in the stars…

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
Arceau L’heure de la lune Lunar meteorite © Joël Von Allmen

The horse, representing the origins of Hermès, gallops elegantly into the world of dreams. At 12 o’clock, the moon is adorned by a Pegasus designed by the “dreamer-designer” Dimitri Rybaltchenko. Entitled Pleine Lune (Full Moon), this portrayal of the winged horse hints at a passage between two worlds, where magic and reality merge. On the other side, at 6 o’clock, the view of the moon from the northern hemisphere provides a realistic depiction of its surface.

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
Arceau L’heure de la lune Black Sahara © Joël Von Allmen

The mobile counters displaying the time and date turn weightlessly to reveal the moon discs, while maintaining their horizontal orientation. This contemporary dance is choreographed by a module exclusively developed for Hermès and for which a patent has been filed. With a total thickness of just 4.2 mm, its 117 polished and bead-blasted components are incorporated within the Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement: a technical challenge designed to preserve the slenderness of the overall mobile chassis, which sweeps around the dial in 59 days. The mother-of-pearl moons set into the stone display the lunar cycles in the northern and southern hemispheres. This mysterious game of hide-and-seek reveals nothing of its technical complexity, so as to give pride of place to dreams.

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
Arceau L’heure de la lune Lapis Lazuli © Joël Von Allmen

Within this space-time, metal, stars and rock seamlessly merge the watch exterior with the movement to form an unprecedented technical and aesthetic display of simple and graphic readability. The double moon here eclipses a traditional aperture-type display, instead covering the entire surface of the dial. The result is a free-spirited and impertinent vision of mechanical watchmaking according to Hermès. The Arceau case with its asymmetrical lugs, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, becomes a lunar crater made of meteorite stone, while the lacquered dials, gravitating like satellites, display Arabic numerals with a distinctive sloping font. This Haute Horlogerie timepiece is fitted with a matt alligator strap in black, Havana or Veronese green, depending on the versions.

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune
Arceau L’heure de la lune Blue Pearl © Joël Von Allmen

Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune Technical Specifications

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune black Sahara
Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune black Sahara

Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune black Sahara

SERIES
30-piece limited and numbered edition

CASE
Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978
White gold case (68.2 g)
43 mm in diameter, 22 mm interhorn width
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

DIAL
Black Sahara meteorite dial. Crystal-effect silver-lacquered mobile counters. Black transferred Arabic numerals.
Moons in white natural mother-of-pearl
Southern moon: Pegasus transfer inspired by the Pleine Lune motif designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko
Northern moon: lunar surface transfer
Blued hands

MOVEMENT
Hermès Manufacture H1837 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Diameter: 26 mm (11½”’), thickness: 3.7 mm
193 components, 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Circular-grained and snailed baseplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, signature “H” pattern

MODULE
Exclusive “L’heure de la lune” module
Diameter: 38 mm (16¾”’), thickness: 4.2 mm
117 components, 14 jewels
Polished and bead-blasted bridges

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, date, double moon phase (display of moon phases seen from the northern and southern hemispheres)

STRAP
Matt black alligator

BUCKLE
17 mm white gold folding clasp (26.39 g)

 

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune Meteorite
Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune Meteorite

Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune Meteorite

SERIES
36-piece limited and numbered edition

CASE
Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978
White gold case (68.2 g)
43 mm in diameter, 22 mm interhorn width
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

DIAL
Lunar meteorite dial. Crystal-effect gradient brown-lacquered mobile counters. White transferred Arabic numerals
Moons in white natural mother-of-pearl
Southern moon: Pegasus transfer inspired by the Pleine Lune motif designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko
Northern moon: lunar surface transfer
Blued hands

MOVEMENT
Hermès Manufacture H1837 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Diameter: 26 mm (11½”’), thickness: 3.7 mm
193 components, 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Circular-grained and snailed baseplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, signature “H” pattern

MODULE
Exclusive “L’heure de la lune” module
Diameter: 38 mm (16¾”’), thickness: 4.2 mm
117 components, 14 jewels
Polished and bead-blasted bridges

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, date, double moon phase (display of moon phases seen from the northern and southern hemispheres)

STRAP
Matt Havana alligator

BUCKLE
17 mm white gold folding clasp (26.39 g)

 

Hermes Arceau L'heure de la lune Martian Meteorite
Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune Martian Meteorite

Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune Martian Meteorite

SERIES
2-piece limited and numbered edition

CASE
Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978
Platinum case (~89.79 g)
43 mm in diameter, 22 mm interhorn width
Sapphire crystal and case-back with anti-glare treatment
Water-resistant to 3 bar

DIAL
Martian meteorite dial. White-lacquered mobile counters. Black transferred Arabic numerals.
Moons in white natural mother-of-pearl
Southern moon: Pegasus transfer inspired by the Pleine Lune motif designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko
Northern moon: lunar surface transfer
Blued hands

MOVEMENT
Hermès Manufacture H1837 movement
Mechanical self-winding, Swiss made
Diameter: 26 mm (11½”’), thickness: 3.7 mm
193 components, 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Circular-grained and snailed baseplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, signature “H” pattern

MODULE
Exclusive “L’heure de la lune” module
Diameter: 38 mm (16¾”’), thickness: 4.2 mm
117 components, 14 jewels
Polished and bead-blasted bridges

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes, date, double moon phase (display of moon phases seen from the northern and southern hemispheres)

STRAP
Matt Veronese green alligator

BUCKLE
17 mm platinum folding clasp (~30 g)

Time, a Hermès object

Hermès creates objects. Objects shaped by the hands of artisans to make them true companions for those who wear them. Practical, functional and stemming from uncompromising expertise, they radiate the lightness of the unexpected. They make everyday life their playground, and each instant a uniquely special moment. For Hermès, time is also an object. Its inherent tension is translated by the house into a singular characteristic. Rather than measuring, ordering, and seeking to control it, Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation.

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