Focus: Hermès

Arceau Chrono Titane

CASE : beadblasted grade 2 titanium, glareproofed sapphire crystal, waterresistant to 30m

SIZE : 41mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding movement made in Switzerland, 42h power reserve, 28,800 vph

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date

DIAL : galvanic black, white transferred Arabic numerals and minute circle, rhodium-plated and red hands

STRAPS : natural Barenia calf, embossed black Barenia calf


Leather meets titanium

One might be tempted to believe that the Arceau gets an annual facelift, so impressively does this dynamic forty-year-old make light of the passing years. Hermès’ most classic collection, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, draws its inspiration from the brand’s roots in the equestrian world, from which it derves its characteristic stirrup-shaped attachment at the top of the case. While the original elegance and classicism are still evident in the round case of the Arceau Chrono Titane with its slim bezel, domed push-pieces and crown, as well as the sloping Arabic numerals adorning the dial, the predominant vibe is sporty and contemporary. Firstly, because it is a chronograph, and that even through the three counters remain relatively discreet in terms of their size and their modest contrast with the black of the dial, their association with the large red central seconds hand confirms its nature as a sports watch. Secondly, because the superior grade 2 titanium of the case is robust, corrosionresistant and lightweight, and endows this Arceau with a modern look along with technological advantages. The Parisian saddler’s signature is clearly perceptible in the two straps made from Barenia calfskin – a luxurious leather made from young animals bred in Alsace – in natural or black versions, crafted by artisans of the Hermès strap workshops in Switzerland.

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