Hermès debuts at SIHH this year after over two decades at Baselworld.
If the Hermès’ pavilion with its eye-catching bright yellow and deep blue interactive installation by Dutch artist Levi van Velu doesn’t make you smile, the sight of Hermès personnel skate scooting around – to the Maison’s chosen theme of ‘Play’ – on their custom skate scooters most certainly will.
Calling it his ‘building machine’, Van Veluw invites visitors to engage with ‘time’, a Hermès object, in a playful fashion.
If time is an object, what colour might it be?
Orange? (I hear you.)
Seriously now, presenting:
The Arceau Casaque, in Brights
The Arceau watch was first created by Henri d’Origny in 1978. Against convention of the classic round, d’Origny fitted the watch with stirrup-inspired asymmetrical lugs.
This SIHH – 4 decades on – the Arceau Casaque 36mm case is presented as an Equestrian manège. And in this arena, you will expect to see curved hoof prints on the sand, with the Cavale motif that we are familiar with (the Samarcande chess set) outlined against the background.
A review on the Arceau collection will be incomplete without a spotlight on the Pocket Millefiori.
Inspired by the nineteenth-century paperweights crafted by the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, the dial of this ultra limited edition piece (only two pieces are made) features a crystal glasswork pattern resembling the scales of the alligator. The case-back mirrors the effect with the actual exotic leather.
Here are some highlights of the making of the dial glasswork:
The black colour, an alchemy of minerals whose composition is a closely-guarded secret, is mixed with incandescent crystal. Once drawn from the mouth of the pots in the furnace, the molten material is transformed into a crystal rod with the glass-maker’s breath. From the rod, a white-hot thread is pulled out, and then cut into sections. The resulting canes are then assembled to form the pattern.