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Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild

The Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild comprises of two limited-edition models, each depicting a winter scene enriched with various forms of wildlife. The brand’s legendary Arceau model provides an elegant foil for the various artistic crafts manifest.

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To the casual observer, the wintry planes of Canada may suggest a profusion of snow, an abundance of ice but a notable absence of life. However, deer, foxes, various birds and whales often inhabit this hostile environment. Quite simply, it’s just about knowing where to look.

Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild

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The artisans at Hermès have always possessed a keen eye. They have an innate talent to observe natural phenomena and then depict their observations using the finest brushes. Recently, the über-luxurious brand has looked to Canada’s vast wilderness and replicated two wintry scenes on the dials of two, limited-edition watches.Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild

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Hermès has selected its Arceau watch to showcase these artistic crafts and chosen to embellish the bezel of each model with 82 diamonds. While the gem-set bezel infuses the Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild with a notable degree of glamour, the Maison has also ensured that both compositions are reassuringly tasteful.

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The brand’s press release

The round case with its asymmetrical stirrup-shaped lugs is the hallmark of the timeless allure exuded by the Arceau watch, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978. This understated yet singular curvature lends itself to the creativity and demanding expertise of Hermès. Available in two limited series of 24 each, the Arceau Into the Canadian Wild watch in white gold and diamonds captures the spirit of wild Nature on its dial.

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The animal themes interpreted here – a polar bear and a snowy owl – both stem from the Into the Canadian Wild silk scarf designed by British artist Alice Shirley in 2017, on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The original drawing depicts the abundance of flora and fauna, natural treasures of Canada’s vast territories bathed in oceans, lakes and rivers. From this hymn to nature, Hermès Horloger has drawn two interpretations: a snowy owl – emblematic of Quebec – flying amid the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) graces the first model; while the other features a polar bear with its cub, standing on top of waves populated by fascinating creatures.

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The artisan devotes more than a week per dial to accomplishing this miniature work, tracing the contours of the motif on the glittering aventurine base, before placing it in the kiln to fire it in place. The different volumes of the landscapes and animals are then formed by means of successive layers of paint alternating with successive firings. The major requirement of such a work lies in the miniaturisation of a drawing with multiple volumes, tones and subtle details.

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Combining watchmaking and craftsmanship, the Arceau Into the Canadian Wild watch is powered by a mechanical self-winding Hermès movement. It displays hours and minutes on the model adorned with a polar bear, along with a moon phase on the model featuring the snowy owl. An elegant white gold case set with 82 diamonds frames the hand-crafted dial and is complemented by a smooth sapphire blue alligator strap, also made by the Hermès Horloger artisans.

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