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Arceau Pocket Volutes

Hermès 2013

Arceau Pocket Volutes

With this Arceau Pocket Volutes, Hermès turns the spotlight on goldsmithing, a skill that combines gold marquetry with hand-engraving.

Two discs, one in white gold and one in rose gold, are crafted separately then assembled and welded together in a furnace. The finely chased rose gold disc above reveals the first curves of the scrolling motif in a two-tone nested pattern. The artisan then engraves the individual scrolls to refine and define their initial volume. He models the metal, smoothes sharp angles, and curves the surfaces. The discs are then coated with a protective varnish and immersed in a ruthenium colour bath. Once the varnish is removed, the gold is revealed in three different colours: pink, light grey and dark grey. Artistry and craftsmanship unite for this unique piece

Movement | self-winding Vaucher H1928 calibre, 28,800 vibrations/hour frequency, 55-hour power reserve, 25.60 mm ø, 3.50 mm high

Functions | hours, minutes

Dial | translucent chocolate brown enamel on white gold

Case | 750 white gold, 48 mm ø, water-resistant to 30 metres