Hermès Have Made The Pocket Watch Cool Again

What if we told you your next watch would be a pocket watch? Madness you say? This isn’t 1914 and I’m not walking around in a morning suit and a top hat? Well my friend, you may be wrong. The Arceau Pocket Aaaaaargh! watch has been created in collaboration with English artist Alice Shirley. On this model, (the king of the tyrant lizards) with half-open jaws and an attentive eye comes to life under the expert guidance of Hermès watchmakers, after a month of meticulous work using exclusive techniques developed in its leather workshops. The design of the tyrannosaurus, which appears to be peeking through a porthole, stands out against the cover and involves a combination of several demanding skills. The head and scales are made in leather mosaic of thousands of finely hand-cut multicoloured leather fragments are applied one by one to faithfully reproduce the original pattern. The domed eye of the dinosaur, visible on both sides of the cover, is made of cabochon- cut Grand Feu enamel and finally, the jaw and tongue are crafted in leather marquetry: fine tesserae are cut from various coloured leathers, previously thinned to just 0.5 mm, before being juxtaposed on the enamel base. Setting the final touch to this miniaturised leather artwork, a matt green alligator leather cord-strap is secured to the rectangular stirrup and accentuates the overall design. The piece itself is a H1924 movement Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland with 3 bar water resistance and is housed in a 48mm white gold case and cover and finished with anti-glare sapphire crystal and caseback engraved with the inscription “Pièce unique”and alligator leather strap. Price: TBC (but a lot we’d imagine).


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