Hermes marks the 35th anniversary of its Arceau collection this year. Marking the occasion, the maison introduces the Arceau Petite Lune, in choice of black or white mother-of-pearl dial and moon phase indicator.
As the name implies, the Arceau Petite Lune is executed in a 38mm stainless steel case — about 3mm smaller than most of the Arceau models, save for the Arceau Grand Lune of 2011 which (as its name implies) was done in a larger 43mm case. The watch retains the Arceau’s signature asymmetrical lugs which evoke the shave and curve of a stirrup, and of course the strap is reflects the superior leather working craftsmanship that Hermes is known for. As for the movement, I am pretty sure it is, like most Hermes calibers, from Fleurier-based Vaucher (Hermes owns 25% of Vaucher).
I am fond of this piece, though I think if I were going to purchase an Hermes Arceau, I would be strongly tempted to go with the distinctive blue straw marquetery -dialed versions that brand rolled out last year.
Hermes Arceau Petite Lune
38mm steel case, automatic mechanical movement (Dubois-Depraz moonphase module), white or black mother-of-pearl dial, Hermes alligator strap in black, indigo blue or elephant grey
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