The timeless Hermès Arceau watch, designed by Henry d’Origny in 1978, is creatively reimagined in Into the Canadian Wild, which captures the spirit of the country’s thriving wild nature.
The watch is available in two limited series of 24 pieces each, with options of snowy owl and polar bear motifs depicted on its dial. The animal subjects were originally designed by British artist Alice Shirley in occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, and were first portrayed on a silk scarf of the same name.
Nature is central to the Hermès Arceau Into the Canadian Wild and its intent to celebrate the North American country’s vast territories, globally known as a one of the few remaining places where flora and fauna still reign supreme without the interference of humankind.
The snowy owl, a symbol of the province of Quebec, and the majestic polar bear are carefully designed and hand-finished through miniature work by Hermès Horloger and are surrounded by different volumes of landscapes and countless details. Following the theme of the animal’s surroundings, the owl model also features a moon phase.
The Arceau Into the Canadian Wild, as a matter of fact, is a prime example of the art of miniaturisation. Combining craftsmanship and watchmaking, the piece is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement. The exclusive dials are framed and further elevated by an elegant white gold case with 82 diamonds and completed by a sapphire blue alligator strap.
Through the impressive attention to details and unique craftsmanship of the Hermès Horloger artisans, this limited edition Arceau is a luxurious ode to nature and a reminder of its incalculable value.
(Main image: Studio des fleurs for Hermès)