Hermès Arceau Petite Lune
To mark its 35th anniversary, the iconic Arceau model designed by Henri d'Origny welcomes a horological complication displaying the moon phases.
Press releaseHermès tells the tale of time beneath the graceful arch of a dainty moon.
Interpreted in a more feminine version with a 38 mm diameter, the Arceau Petite Lune reveals a round steel case featuring asymmetrical lugs evoking the shape and curve of a stirrup – a motif that has become a signature of the Maison Hermès.
This collection comprises two versions with a shimmering white or black mother-ofpearl. The hours are elegantly marked off on sloping Arabic numerals reflecting the original model and extending a graceful invitation to discover time.
The Arceau Petite Lune displays the hours and minutes, along with two complications delicately framed by a rhodiumed ornamental fillet: moon phases, which appear on a deep blue disc with silvered moon and stars; and a pointer-type date indication which marks off the days of the lunar cycles.
Its mechanical self-winding movement is complemented by a module serving to power the moon-phase indication. Endowed with a 42-hour power reserve, its plates and bridges are circular-grained and snailed, while its oscillating weight is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif.
Loyal to the Hermès saddle-making expertise, this timepiece is teamed with an alligator strap available in three colours – indigo blue, elephant grey or black, crafted in the company workshops using the saddle-stitching technique.
Arceau Petite Lune
. Shape/dimensions: Round, 38 mm diameter
. Material: Steel
. Crystal: Anti-glare sapphire crystal
. Water-resistance: To 3 atm
. Type: Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
. Diameter: 26.2 mm (11 ½‘'')
. Thickness: 5.2 mm
. Module: Dubois-Dépraz Small Moon
. Power Reserve: 42 hours
. Jewelling: 21 jewels
. Frequency: 28'800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
. Functions: Hours, minutes, date at 6 o'clock, moon phases at 10.30
White mother-of-pearl, moon phases with blue background and rhodiumplated motif, rhodium-plated pearlshaped hour-markers, black transfer Black mother-of-pearl, moon phases with blue background and rhodium plated motif, rhodium-plated pearl-shaped hour-markers, white transfer.
INTER-HORN WIDTH: 20 mm
BUCKLE: 17 mm standard pin buckle in steel
White mother-of-pearl dial: Matt indigo blue alligator Smooth elephant grey alligator
Black mother-of-pearl dial: Matt black alligator Tech nical characteristics