ARCEAU Chorus Stellarum

Featuring mobile appliques, engraving and miniature painting, the Arceau watch comes to life in a whimsical and mischievous equestrian universe.

Despite its classical appearance, the Arceau watch designed by Henri d’Origny loves playing the transformation game. Its round case topped by asymmetrical stirrup-shaped lugs welcomes a wealth of remarkable and demanding artistic crafts. Embellished by engraving and miniature painting, its timeless yet singular aesthetic becomes an object of Hermès creativity and expertise.

Two exclusive interpretations reveal a decorative world that is at times fantasy-tinged and at others futuristic, inspired by the Chorus Stellarum silk scarf designed by Daiske Nomura. The characters – dashing skeleton riders astride their noble steeds – are embodied in mobile yellow gold appliques, engraved and painted by hand. Driven by a spring mechanism linked to the 9 o’clock pusher, these gothic vanities swing into action at the flick of a thumb in a smooth “on-demand impulse” animation that sees them prance around a gilded constellation created using the champlevé technique. Like a celestial painting, this new zodiac featuring symbols subtly borrowed from the Émile Hermès collection reveals the equestrian skies in a dazzling canvas of colourful lacquer-coated motifs, enhanced by applied rhodium-plated stars.

These combined forms of craftsmanship reinterpret the festive and esoteric theme of celebrating the passing of time, conceptualised by the Japanese illustrator who revels in staging and diverting various Hermès emblems, associating them with contemporary cartoon, manga and gaming culture.

This alliance of art, relief and radiance is highlighted by a slender white gold case measuring 41 mm in diameter, set with 70 diamonds on the version adorned with a

skeleton horsewoman. Beating at the heart of the case, the Manufacture Hermès Hermès H1837 movement

– complete with its fine finishing and the ‘sprinkling of Hs’ motif adorning its bridges and oscillating weight – can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. A matt abyss blue or pearl grey alligator strap highlights the vibrant colours of these two watches, each issued in numbered limited series of six.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Arceau Chorus Stellarum

Numbered limited edition of 6

MOVEMENT

Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland Diameter: 26 mm (11 ½’’’)

Thickness: 3.7 mm

Average 50-hour power reserve Frequency: 28,000 vph (4Hz)

Circular-grained and snailed mainplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, ‘sprinkling of Hs’ motif

 

CASE

Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978

Case in 750 white gold (≈ 62.64 gr)

41 mm in diameter, 21 mm inter-horn width Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back Water-resistant to 3 bar

Pusher at 9 o’clock

 

DIAL

Dial with champlevé, transferred and lacquered constellations Applied brass stars with transferred decoration

Applied mobile horse and rider in 2N yellow gold Hand-painted and engraved

 

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, “on-demand impulse” animation activated by a 9 o’clock pusher

 

STRAP

Matt abyss blue alligator strap

Pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.49 gr), 17 mm

 

Numbered limited edition of 6

MOVEMENT

Manufacture Hermès H1837 movement Mechanical self-winding, crafted in Switzerland Diameter: 26 mm (11 ½’’’)

Thickness: 3.7 mm

Average 50-hour power reserve Frequency: 28,000 vph (4Hz)

Circular-grained and snailed mainplate, satin-brushed bridges and oscillating weight, ‘sprinkling of Hs’ motif

 

CASE

Designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978

Case in 750 white gold (≈ 62.64 gr)

41 mm in diameter, 21 mm inter-horn width Bezel set with 70 diamonds (1.05 ct)

Anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back Water-resistant to 3 bar

Pusher at 9 o’clock

 

DIAL

Dial with champlevé, transferred and lacquered constellations Applied brass stars with transferred decoration

Applied mobile horse and rider in 2N yellow gold Hand-painted and engraved

 

FUNCTIONS

Hours, minutes, “on-demand impulse” animation activated by a 9 o’clock pusher

 

STRAP

Matt pearly grey alligator strap

Pin buckle in 750 white gold (≈ 5.49 gr), 17 mm

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