The stunning new Hermès watch

August 10, 2014
As much as we love a complication timepiece at EDGAR, we're also huge suckers for hand-painted dials that resemble as much a work of art as they do a watch. No wonder then that we're big fans of Hermès, with the French brand's maison a leader in the category of lacquered faces, as its latest design the Arceau Cheval d’Orient demonstrates. You don't have to love horses to find an affinity with this watch, although it would certainly help. The three horological designs tell a story of equestrian scenes set upon an Orient-inspired landscape. Limited to just 24 pieces, each with a matt black alligator strap, the Arceau Cheval d’Orient range is a textbook example of fine lacquer work, with a painstaking 30 coats of varnish to achieve the deep black base. Successive coats of colour require 10 days' worth of drying before 20 layers of transparent lacquer are applied. Each of the dials is then set in a white gold Arceau model, driven by a Hermès H1837 calibre. This really is a piece of art that fits on your wrist. [gallery link="none" ids="6901,6900,6899,6898"] Details: visit