Hermès’ new limited-edition watches painstakingly recreate its beloved scarves in miniature

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The Hermes The silk scarf series of artistic crafts dials becomes one of the most consistent and creative series of thematic limited editions. It’s a niche audience, of course, and that’s what makes it such a bold undertaking. The idea that “it’s not for everyone”, is the definition of high-end rarity.

The dials of each watch reproduce Hermès scarves – in this case, patterns from the 2022 collection – whose patterns are reduced and recreated using various watchmaking crafts, including wood marquetry, enamelling, painting miniature and engraving – not an easy task.

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Hermès Arceau Hermès Watch and Dial Work - Credit: Hermès

Hermès Arceau Hermès Watch and Dial Work – Credit: Hermès

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The replica of the “Story” dials represent an expression of the “all-digital” world, according to Hermès. The scarf was designed by British designer John Burton. It reinterprets the uses of social networks and “the singular art of staging, an offbeat universe depicted under the gaze of various fauna amused by the exercise of the selfie”, according to a press release from the brand. Animals include a peacock, rabbit, playful monkey, toucan with a top hat (Hermès loves toucans) and a turtle wearing a bowler hat, a nod to the British designer. This being Hermes, a horse takes center stage, ridden by a princess taking a selfie using a selfie stick… something that may one day seem archaic, but will surely still spark interest in the era of navel-gazing. All are hand painted on mother of pearl. The 38mm case is in 18k white gold, with 82 diamonds set in the bezel and is set with alligator leather straps. It is limited to 24 pieces and priced at $63,200.

Hermès Arceau Hermès Watches - Credit: Hermès

Hermès Arceau Hermès Watches – Credit: Hermès

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The center of the second piece is a tiger composed of wood marquetry, comprising 290 individual pieces carved from tulipwood, plum, ash-olive, maple and sycamore. The craftsman begins by carefully selecting the pieces of wood based on type, grain, color and texture, after which it takes five days to assemble the tiger, including the turquoise eyes. The tiger is surrounded by butterflies, a hummingbird, a peacock and a turtle wearing a bowler hat. All are hand-engraved in gilt appliques and painted. Next to them are a rabbit and a praying mantis, miniature painted in several layers of enamel, all set on an agate dial. The 38 mm case is in rose gold and the bezel is set with 82 diamonds. It is limited to 12 pieces and priced at $82,600. The strap is in chantilly alligator. Both models are powered by the automatic Hermès H1912 calibre, with hours and minutes and a 50-hour power reserve.

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