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Hermes Leather Marquetry Watches

Marina Milojević | 09.24.18 | 03:26 AM

The house of Hermes adds to its collection of exceptional pieces with three new watches. This time the French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer introduces the special new versions of its Arceau Cavales and Slim D’Hermes models with unique dials in leather marquetry. For these exclusive new watches, Hermes has chosen to rework its most beloved animal motif. The Arceau dials are graced with an equestrian profile, while the Slim D’Hermes features a zebra motif.

Each of the new dials is a true marvel of miniaturization. The motifs within a small space were created using tiny calfskin tesserae, slim leather fragments that were carefully selected, cut out and arranged with all the skill of leather craftsmanship. The delicate leather pieces were split to a thickness of around 0.5 mm, before each element was cut and placed on a dial to form the final design.

Hermes Arceau Cavales Marquetry arrives in two distinct variants – Hermes Red and Indigo Blue. Two of the Maison’s iconic colors are here interpreted through subtly varied leathers with Capucine or Agate Red highlights. The Cavales motif is symmetrically revealed in the dial center, hidden behind a leather patchwork reminiscent of poppy petals for one model, and a stylized camouflage pattern for the other. The motif is inspired by the “Samarcande” chess set created in 2009.

The dials are framed by 41mm-diameter white gold case and swept by a pair of slender leaf-shaped hands. Hermes Acreau is powered by the Manufacture Hermes self-winding caliber H1837. This 4Hz Swiss-made movement is mounted on 28 jewels and endowed with 50 hours of power reserve. Each of the two variants is issued in a six piece limited edition.

Hermes Slim D’Hermes Les Zebres de Tanzanie is a gorgeous watch with a dial depicting the stripped coat of the zebra. Originally , “Les Zèbres de Tanzanie” motif was designed by animal artist Yves-Marie de Malleray in 2010. On Hermes’ new dial, the theme is recreated in a combination of leather marquetry, champlevé and miniature enameling. The colorful stripes of the zebra have been composed of hand-fitted leather inlays arranged on a miniature painted animal.



The solid plate of the dial has been hollowed and filled with several layers of white enamel. After many hours of baking at high temperatures, the enamel was hand-polished before the stripes have been applied using a fine brush and enamel powders. The final motif in Etuope and Graphite tones emerged after no less than 26 hours of enameling and leather marquetry.

Hermes Slim D’Hermes is powered by the Manufacture Hermes H1950 ultra-thin movement with micro rotor. The self-winding movement is mounted on 29 jewels, it beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and provides 42 hours of power reserve. The special Zebres de Tanzanie edition is available in 12 pieces worldwide.

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