Hermès new Dressage L’heure masquée is a playful watch with dual time zone with a secret hour hand. Somewhat reminiscent of the also-whimsical Arceau Le Temps suspendu from a few years ago, a the Dressage L’heure masquée is constructed such that the hour hand and second time zone display remain hidden, revealing themselves only when and so long as the crown is pressed. They disappear again when the pusher is released.
There are materials whose apparent simplicity is, for the artisan, a great source of inspiration. Here we see another fine example of the talented folks at Hermes whose passion and expertise lies in the art of straw marquetry. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of these types of dials, particularly those done by Hermes — I absolutely LOVE how Hermes indulges its passion for this craft. Hermes had a number of nice pieces this year at Baselworld but this one really stuck with me.
Hermes Arceau H Cube
Limited Edition 10 Pieces
41mm white gold case, straw marquetry dial, automatic mechanical Hermes Cal H1837 (Vaucher), alligator strap by Hermes
Hermes is of course well known for its use of unique, repeating geometries — including those created with marquetry (see my review of the Hermès Arceau Marqueterie de Paille). This piece is particularly special in that it uses an interlocking Hermes “H” pattern motif.
Each blade of straw has been hand selected, carefully cut, dried and dyed in hues of orange, burgundy, fuscia, coral and purple.
Of course pieces like this do not lend themselves to mass production — this is a limited series of 10 pieces.
For more on straw marquetry, be sure to visit my previous discussion of Hermes Arceau Marqueterie de Paille.
Here’s a first look at a spectacular new piece from Hermes, the Hermès Arceau Lift Flying Tourbillon. Production of this superlative piece is limited to just 176 pieces, and to own one will set you back $165,000. The ornate geometry of the tourbillon carriage and barrel bridge is inspired by a lift/elevator which is installed at the Hermes Paris boutique, 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
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Baselworld 2013 preview…
This new pocket watch from Hermes, with a 48mm white gold case, combines the craft of gold marquetry and hand engraving. The pattern on the lid requires upwards of 150 hours to create. The “volutes” reference in the name refers to the watch’s swirling pattern, a pattern which is inspired by a design of Hermès artist Henri d’Origny 1972. The effect is created with separate white gold and rose gold discs are first crafted separately, before being assembled and welded together by firing in a furnace. We’ll take a closer look below.
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