Hermès unveiled during the last Basel shows two limited editions of Haute Horlogerie, using the case of the Arceau Collection.
The 2012 model, “Arceau Marqueterie de Paille” and the 2013 model, the “Arceau H Cube” featured decorated dials with a very special inlay technique.
A tribute to Japan
Unlike previous models, the new Arceau Temari watch is a watchmaking jewel of singular splendor representing a pattern of “Temari” traditional Japanese art, onyx and diamonds snow-like designed.
Temari means “ balle à main” in Japanese. This is a traditional art brought to Japan between 1,400 and 1,500. The history of temari takes its roots in the Japanese nobility who used the old parts of silk kimonos to make balls for children to play.
These toys were very appreciated by the imperial court. They became over time increasingly sophisticated and now considered as real works of art.
A new watchmaking masterpiece
The Hermès brand has already been inspired by the Temari technique when they produced one of their famous scarves. Today, the watchmaking brand unveils a brand new Arceau watch.
The geometric shapes of Temari are beautifully reproduced on the dial of the watch in grey gold, set with 176 diamonds and carried through the snow-setting technique. They used a very special setting to recreate the magic of nature by playing with different diameters of each diamond.
The case of the Temari timepiece is made of 18K white gold, with a diameter of 34mm and a snow-setting. The case setting has 675 diamonds while the crown includes 27 pieces. To achieve such a piece, Hermès craftsmen have placed each diamond individually directly on the material.
This very meticulous technique requires nearly three weeks of work to get a result as you can see on the Arceau model.
The watch movement is equipped with Hermes H912 Manufacture caliber and has a power reserve of 50 hours.
This limited edition will be officially unveiled at the BaselWorld 2014 show with several other variants of this model mixing marquetry dials, white Mother-of-pearl, onyx, opal or lazuli lapis.