In order to pay tribute to the very rare ancient art and professional technology of ‘Straw Inlay’, Hermes launched two new Arceau series watches at the 2012 BaselWorld.
The new watch inherits the Arceau series created by Henri d’ Origny in 1978, continuing the classic asymmetrical lug shape of the series. With a 41mm white gold case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, pale blue and black dials are different from previous models, the italic numerals are removed, and the brand’s iconic people are decorated with a ‘straw inlay’ process Glyphs and small square patterns. The rye straw used in this pattern can only be produced by a farm in France. Compared with other standard wheat straws, this variety has longer wheat straws and fewer wheat knots. Manual harvesting methods are used to ensure that the most usable part can be selected. After all the colors are painted on the site, they are flat and dried. Because of the weather conditions, humidity differences and the influence of different dyeing tanks, each straw has a unique shade of chromaticity. The subtle natural colors constitute the inlaid tone. The straw is separated by a thin blade, leveled by hand using a bone tool, and then the whole straw is cut into different lengths. This process requires precise gestures and considerable physical strength. After studying the color and trend of different straws, the craftsman combined the base maps of straw on graph paper, and then bonded and inlaid the pattern on the dial like a leather book.
In terms of power, the watch is powered by Vaucher’s H1928 self-winding movement specially made for Hermes. The movement consists of 220 parts and is equipped with a dual barrel. The vibration frequency is 28,800 rpm and the power reserve is 55 hours. Water resistant to 30 meters. Equipped with a matt indigo blue alligator leather strap and Indonesian ebony wood collection box decorated with straw.