Hermès rethinks the Arceau at Watches & Wonders 2024

The Hermès Arceau, an equestrian-inspired timepiece unveiled in 1978, gets not one, but two modern rethinks at this year's Watches & Wonders as the French Maison becomes a major watch brand to invest in

Hermès reworks classic design codes at this year’s Watches & Wonders trade show in Geneva.

Nearly 50 years after its initial release, the Arceau – the equestrian-inspired watch model unveiled by former artistic director Henri d’Origny in 1978 – has donned a fresh look with the new Arceau Chorus Stellarum.

Hermès Arceau Chorus Stellarum

Offered in white gold, the line welcomes two new métiers d’art creations inspired by a silk scarf designed for the brand by Japanese designer and illustrator Daiske Nomura.

Hermès Arceau Chorus Stellarum

On each dial, a skeleton rider in yellow gold mounts a galloping steed that can be animated on-demand to prance around a gilded constellation created using champlevé enamelling.

Each model is offered in a limited series of six and comes with either a pale matte-blue or pearl-grey alligator strap.

Hermès Duc Attelé

Further enriching the Arceau collection is the Duc Attelé, a 43mm model centred by a triple-axis tourbillon and ‘tuning-fork’ minute repeater.

A sapphire dome tops the triple-axis tourbillon, which is housed in a triple mirror-polished titanium carriage shaped with interlacing double “Hs”, symbolic of the union of Émile Hermès to Julie Hollande in 1900.

Each Duc Attelé is available in a limited run of 24, paired with a matte anthracite or matte abyss-blue alligator strap.

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