Hermès, the parent company of the Saint-Louis glass manufacturer, has once again called on the skills of the master glassmakers with an exceptional pocket watch.

We are in charted territory. The 48mm-wide white-gold case repeats the lines drawn by the talented designer Henri d’Origny for the Arceau collection in 1978. The Arceau Pocket Millefiori stands out though its dial, however, which is a work of art in itself, made of millefiori crystal. This technique that was once used to make decorative objects is thought to date from the Roman era. It consists in collecting together fine rods with varied patterns measuring just a few millimetres long. Once the rods have been cut, the craftsmen have the “sweets” that they can place on a mount. The master glassmakers from the prestigious Saint-Louis glass manufacturers have provided the dial for Hermès. It features a pattern of alligator scales that are echoed on the sheathed cover of the case back. These skills were already used in 2014 for two wrist watches and a pocket watch, again in the Arceau collection.

hermes arceau pocket millefiori front and back

Limited to just two pieces, the watch is driven by an in-house automatic movement. The calibre H1837 provides 50 hours of power reserve and enjoys the traditional finishes of Swiss watchmaking with a pearled and spiral plate, satin-finished bridges and a rotor featuring the H of the Parisian luxury brand.

The Arceau Pocket Millefiori is worn with an elegant thong made of matt black alligator leather.

 Price: 92,000 EUR hermes.com

By Dan Diaconu

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