Hermes Arceau Tres Grand Modele

The new Hermes Arceau Tres Grand Modele is released with two new dial colours, blue lacquered and hazelnut brown. Angus Davies provides an overview of these two models.

This article about the Hermes Arceau Tres Grand Modele includes discussion of the design language employed. 

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

The Arceau, from the famous Parisian maison, Hermès, was created by Henri d’Origny in 1978 and has always been a byword for style.

The case features asymmetric lugs. Stirrup-style lugs reside above noon while adjacent 6 o’clock the strap neatly integrates into the lower portion of the case. This idiosyncratic design element bestows an interesting aesthetic and underlines one of the key strengths of Hermès horological offer, namely, its watches are significantly different from other timepieces in the marketplace.

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

A sense of fluidity, or motion, is conveyed with the Arabic numerals on the dial. Their dynamic persona is said to be inspired by galloping horses, hence their italic, sloping appearance. The typeface of each numeral, particular to Hermès, brims with style and sets the tone for the rest of this horological ensemble.

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

While purists may well dismiss the blue dial version, as it is equipped with a quartz movement, the hazelnut brown option should sate their desires, with its self-winding mechanical movement, the Hermes H1837 calibre.

On both versions, the hour and minute hands are leaf-shaped and convey time with a notable sense of grace. The hour track is adorned with a sunray motif, while centre-stage the dial of the hazelnut brown model is adorned with a herringbone-style pattern, conferring depth and texture.

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

The quartz model features a blue sunray dial and a date aperture at 6 o’clock. While the mechanical version features a date display, it also sports a cartouche on its dial proclaiming the watch as ‘automatic’.

As a self-confessed horophile, I gravitate towards the automatic version of the Hermes Arceau Tres Grand Modele. It has soul and character which quartz watches can never match. Moreover, the movement on the Hermès H1837 calibre is beautifully adorned with circular graining and snailing on the mainplate, satin-brushed bridges and a beautifully decorated oscillating mass featuring ‘Sprinkling of Hs’ motif.

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