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Arceau Petite Lune, the new moonphase watch from Hermès

connoisseur June 4, 2013 0
Arceau Petite Lune, the new moonphase watch from Hermès

The Arceau Petite Lune is the new moonphase watch from the House of Hermès. Moonphase watches follow the progression of the moon through different phases of new moon – first quarter, full moon and last quarter – making it a perfect gift for a loved one during the Eid Al Fitr season, when the sighting of the moon marks the beginning of celebrations. The exquisite Arceau Petite Lune timepiece was launched at Baselworld 2013 to mark the 35th anniversary of the iconic Arceau model.

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. The steel watch case is 38mm in diameter and is fitted with an anti-glare sapphire crystal. The mechanical self-winding movement is crafted in Switzerland and has a power reserve of up to 42 hours.

This collection comes in two versions – shimmering white or black mother-of pearl dial. The hour-markers are rhodium-plated and pearl shaped and are marked off on sloping Arabic numerals reflecting the original Arceau model. The moonphases are depicted with rhodium-plated motifs on a blue background. This timepiece is teamed with an alligator strap, available in three colours – indigo blue, elephant grey or black – and crafted in the company workshops using the saddle-stitching technique, which is a Hermès signature.

French fashion house Hermès was founded in 1837 and manufactures high-end leather products, perfumes and apparel. The iconic Hermès logo, created and implemented in the 1950s, depicts a Duc carriage with a horse. The horse carriage represents the company’s beginnings as a horse saddlery manufacturer.