Hermès Arceau Amazones Pocket Watch
by Kyle Stults on June 20, 2012
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Inspired by the motif of a tie designed by Henri d’Origny, long time Artistic Director of Hermès (see “Did You Know” below), the Hermès Arceau Pocket Amazones exalts the spirit of the Maison Hermès through centuries-old hand-crafted expertise: grand feu enamelling, along with the miniature painting and paillonné (spangled) techniques.  The horse and rider scene is accented with gold spangles which have been delicately applied one-by-one during the enamelling process.  The hand-sewn alligator strap and attachment, inspired by the equestrian world, nicely complements the scene.  Inside the pocket watch, the Hermès Manufacture calibre H1928 features manually chamfered and polished finishes and a solid gold oscillating weight adorned with the Hermès decorative motif (sprinkling of H symbols), all visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Hermès Arceau Pocket Amazones

Unique Piece

43mm rose gold case, Mechanical self-winding H1928, hand-sewn matte Havana alligator strap

Did You Know?

The first Hermès tie was introduced at the company’s store in Cannes, France, after a neighboring casino refused to allow patrons inside without a necktie. Henri d’Origny, long time Artistic Director of Hermès, designed the first Hermès necktie in 1949.  Since then the family-owned company has employed only three neckwear designers: Henri d’Origny, who originated the classic house style featuring horse, hunt, and marine motifs; Philippe Mouquet, known for his whimsical animal prints; and, most recently, Natsuno Hidaka, who specializes in abstracts and geometrics.