Looking back at January 2019 almost seems like looking back at an alternate period as expected. In any case, it doesn’t mean everything is ancient history. Last year saw Hermès release perhaps the best watch of the SIHH 2019 with the Hermès Arceau L’heure de la Lune. A little longer than a year later sees Hermès presenting five new Hermès Arceau L’Heure de la Lune models.

In a line of excellent releases last year at the SIHH, the Hermès Arceau L’heure de la Lune stuck out. Despite its classic looks, it gave us something new and new, as you can peruse in Robert-Jan’s article . The idea, strategy, and execution are all incredibly well idea out. The Arceau L’heure de la Lune showed that Hermès can make a new interpretation of a traditional moonphase complication.

Especially last year’s rendition with the aventurin blue dial was a blowout for the eyes. The watch truly gives the feeling of looking into space, and that removed the success for me from the two releases from last year. Quick forward a little longer than a year, and it’s no surprise that Hermès presents five new varieties of the watch. Two of them are increments to the principle collection that component blue-colored dials. The other three pieces are limited-release releases with real shooting star dials.  Where the original renditions were produced in a limited run of 100 pieces every, you may need to run somewhat harder this year’s limited versions, yet we’ll get to that in a moment. Overall these new releases build on the accomplishment of the initial two variants of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune.

A story of style and complications

Although Hermès surprised numerous with the presentation of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune, the brand has been known to make some spectacular watches previously. The majority of those watches are the combination of the recognizable Hermès style and some pretty unusual complications. Two releases that stand apart are the Le Temps Suspendu presented back in 2011 and the Dressage L’Heure Masquée from 2014. The Arceau L’heure de la Lune fits perfectly in that line-up. The watch affirms Hermès’ journey for making watches that stand apart both in style and technical achievements.

It’s an approach that we see with Bulgari too. They have also been impressive at making extraordinary looking watches and combining them with technical brilliance. To the extent design goes, it’s very remarkable that two luxury lifestyle brands can push the limits in the world of watches. Where we will in general look at the familiar watch brands to make something new and sudden, it’s companies like Bulgari and Hermès that appear to be less confined by traditional design shows. The two companies have brought something new and successful in the watch world that people have been talking about.

The Concept of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune

Let’s investigate the idea of the Hermès Arceau L’heure de la Lune for the people that have overlooked or missed it. The Arceau L’heure de la Lune takes the idea of the traditional moonphase watch and turns it upside down.  While a moonphase complication is usually incorporated into a watch as an additional capacity, this watch utilizes the dial to show the moon stages in both the northern and southern sides of the equator. In the dials of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune, you will discover two mother-of-pearl inlay moons. Every one of the two moons includes an alternate design. The upper moon includes a silhouette of the celebrated Hermès Pegasus designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko, while the lower moon depicts the actual lunar surface. For extra fantastic impact, the Southern moon is placed at 12 ‘o clock. what’s more, the northern moon is placed at 6 ‘o clock.

Over the highest point of the moons, you will discover a couple of floating lacquer dials that pivot around the dial once like clockwork. In doing as such, they cover and reveal the moons to demonstrate the current moon stage in both the southern and northern halves of the globe without a moment’s delay. One of the floating dials displays the hours and minutes while the other shows the current date. This cunning idea of showing the moon stages, time, and date is the brainchild of  Jean-Francois Mojon. Mojon has worked with several brands on making some remarkable watches, including MB&F and Harry Winston. With this Hermès Arceau L’heure de la Lune, he shows that you can take a classical idea in the world of watches and realize it in a completely original way.

The Technique

Technically nothing has changed for the new presentations of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune. Much the same as last year’s variants, Hermès utilizes the 43mm Arceau case that was designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978. Inside the Arceau case, you will discover the Hermès in-house caliber H1837 development as the base and a specially developed “L’heure de la lune” module to make the display of the moon stages and the attraction of the floating dials.

The caliber H1837 development is a self-winding development that ticks at 28,800vph, has a distance across of 26mm, and comprises of 193 components. The “L’heure de la lune” module comprises of another 117 sections and has a breadth of 38mm across. The base caliber H1837 development estimates 3.7mm in thickness, and the module adds another 4.2mm to make the incredibly layered display of the moon phases.

The Lapis Lazuli version

The first of the augmentations to the principle collection comes with polished rose gold case and a blue Lapis Lazuli dial. The floating white-lacquered mobile counters highlight black moved Arabic numerals and blued hands. The watch is fitted with a matt blue alligator tie and a rose gold folding clasp. The Lapis Lazuli adaptation will cost €27,000.

The Lapis Lazuli variant is the one that is visually closest to last year’s rendition with the aventurine dial and has a similar staggering impact of watching at the dull blue sky full of stars. The rose gold case adds another turn to the overall stylish that is exceptionally classy. This is the ideal proof of the versatility of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune.

The Blue Pearl version

The second expansion to the Hermès principle collection comes with a polished white gold case and a hard stone Blue Pearl dial. The floating slope dark lacquered mobile counters highlight silver moved Arabic numerals and blued hands. The watch is fitted with a matt graphite alligator tie and a white gold folding clasp. The Blue Pearl variant will cost €27,000.

Out of all five releases, this has the most colorful and dynamic dial. The overall impact is that the watch feels a touch more modern, for lack of a superior word. There is a lot going on with this adaptation and it shows that the design of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune is extremely versatile. In the event that you are looking for an adaptation that really pops, this Blue Pearl rendition is the one to go for.

The Black Sahara shooting star version

This year Hermès has decided to also present three new limited version models, all with a novel shooting star dial. The primary comes with a  polished white gold case and a Black Sahara shooting star dial. The floating silver-lacquered mobile counters include black moved Arabic numerals and blued hands. The watch is fitted with a matt black alligator tie and a 18K white gold folding clasp. The Black Sahara shooting star dial variant is limited to 30 pieces that are individually numbered and will cost €44,000.

Out of all the new models, this is the closest to last year’s form with the dim shooting star dial. Yet, Hermès has been clever by utilizing silver color for the floating dials rather than the black dials of last year’s rendition. The overall impact is that this setup puts a little more accentuation on the effect of the turning dials, where last year’s rendition lets the two moons on the dial bounce out.

The Lunar shooting star version

The second form also comes with a polished white gold case and a Lunar shooting star dial. The floating slope earthy colored lacquered dials highlight white moved Arabic numerals and blued hands. The watch is fitted with a matt earthy colored alligator tie and a 18K white gold folding clasp. The Lunar shooting star dial variant is limited to 36 pieces that are also individually numbered and will cost €35,000.

This new Lunar shooting star variant allows you to wear a piece of the lunar surface on your wrist. It is also the main that utilizes an unexpected color in comparison to the blue, white, and dark colors we have seen. By utilizing the hazier earthy colored color for the floating dials, the lively lunar shooting star dial with the moonphase complication becomes the dominant focal point. By utilizing hazier colors for the floating dials, there is more accentuation on the sign of the moon phases.

The Martian shooting star version

The third and last form comes with a polished platinum case and a shocking Martian shooting star dial. That’s right, an actual piece of shooting star from Mars. The floating white-lacquered dials include black moved Arabic numerals and blued hands. The watch is fitted with a matt green alligator lash and a platinum folding clasp. The Lunar Martian dial rendition is limited to 2 pieces only that are individually numbered and will cost €130,000.

This platinum variant is an exceptional piece with an extremely limited production number. The two pieces that will be made element a dazzling looking green shooting star dial and an accompanying green tie. Out of the three limited release pieces, the one hangs out in color and exclusivity. There is no doubt as far as I can tell that these sell quickly, as this is truly a collector’s piece.

Final Thoughts

The five new Arceau L’heure de la Lune models present five additional shocking renditions of a remarkable watch. All five of the new models are staggering bits of workmanship. I have no uncertainty these new models will discover their approach to collectors quickly. I might dare to dream that Hermès will keep building the legacy of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune. The Arceau L’heure de la Lune shows that Hermès is a brand that keeps on pushing the limits of watchmaking. Also, we might dare to dream that they keep coming up with more releases like this.

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