Hermès – Arceau Lift Chevaux en Camouflage
Accessible in two 24-piece limited editions, the Arceau Lift Chevaux en Camouflage by Hermès combines the mechanical mastery of a flying tourbillon with the creative magnificence of a cloisonné enamel reproducing a theme inspired by a Hermès silk carré.
Cloisonné enamelling is a valuable however meticulous hand-crafted process. After portraying on paper the blueprints of the horses, the enameler makes little gold wires which will separate the different compartments (cloison) of the enamel or decorates.
Utilizing small brushes, the enameler places the fine colored powder into each cloison leaving it to dry before terminating at around 800°. The enamel in the cloisons will sink down subsequent to terminating, due to dissolving and shrinkage of the granular idea of the glass powder.
This cycle is repeated until all cloisons are filled to the highest point of the wire edge so making parcel of inconspicuous subtleties.
The enclosure of the flying tourbillon is topped with a double H image inspired to the image of the lift of the historical Hermes shop at Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris.
The creative and mechanical delights of this watch are framed by a red or white gold case with a diameter of 43 mm. The caseback is engraved with the Hermès ex libris and highlights a chased opening over the flying tourbillon.
The hand wound production movement beats at 21,600 vibrations each hour and offers a surprising force save of 90 hours. Bridges are carefully chamfered and polished by hand.
With regards to the origins of Hermès, the Arceau Lift Chevaux en Camouflage is fitted with a havana or blue alligator strap with finely crafted saddle stitching.