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.