Hermès has introduced two new models in the Arceau range called Très Grand Modèle (TGM). Both versions use 40mm stainless steel cases but are available in two new dial variants – a blue lacquer one powered by a quartz movement or hazelnut brown dial with a self-winding mechanical engine.
It may be recalled that Henri d’Origny created the Arceau watch in 1978. The watch’s design characteristics include symmetrical stirrup-shaped lugs and angled Arabic numerals that is meant to evoke the numbers gliding in a gallop. Over the last four decades, the watch has established itself as one of the mainstays of the Hermès line-up.
The two new models uses a 316L stainless steel case in a modern 40 mm size and features the characteristic Arceau line’s asymmetrical lugs. Hermès refers to the 40 mm model as Très Grand Modèle (French for very large model). The case is fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the dial side and on the caseback. While the blue lacquer dial version is fitted with a blue matt alligator leather with a 17 mm pin buckle in 316L stainless steel, the brown dial version has a taupe alligator leather strap.
The quartz-powered model has a deep blue lacquered dial with powdered and silvered transferred Arabic numerals set again in the characteristic Arceau style. It features rhodium-plated hands and a date window at 6 o’ clock. Hermès says it uses a Swiss-made quartz movement in this watch.
The second model has a raised sunburst pattern chapter ring in hazelnut brown that houses the Arabic numerals. The center of the dial has a stamped Chevron pattern and a date window again at 6 o’ clock. The use of applied black gold numerals and hands lends an easy sophistication to the dial.
This watch is powered by the Manufacture Hermès Caliber H1837, an in-house movement that is developed for the French brand by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF) and used in Hermes watches since 2013. The movement has a 50 hour power reserve and is decorated with an embossed, alternating Hermes “H” motif. Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier was founded in 2003 when Parmigiani Mesure et Art du Temps SA was divided into two companies: Parmigiani Fleurier, the watch brand, and VMF the movement division. Vaucher is best known for making movements for brands like Parmigiani, Richard Mille and Corum, and is part-owned by Hermès. The blue lacquer quartz version will retail at $3,070 (AED12,500) while the automatic version will retail at $5,116 (AED22,200).