Inspired by the ‘Maison Hermès’, Hermès has launched three watches featuring the French art of painting-Arceau Chevald’Orient.
In order to bring these fantastic Eastern equestrian scenes to life, these micro-painted patterns need to be drawn with the full patience and focus of skilled painters, which has to be said to be a challenge. At the same time, the creative use of metal to replace traditional French lacquered wooden or bamboo flooring materials has also brought a new vitality to this traditional process.
The craftsmen first apply a layer of coba-based varnish to the dial with a fine-tipped brush to make it shiny. Each layer of painting requires three days of waiting time to dry it. This is only a work in the construction stage. The teachers need to carefully and repeatedly apply it to about 30 layers to make the dial appear a dark black base.
Then, on the dial, use a pencil to draw the outline of the design on the lacquered dial, then mix the pigments to adjust the color, and then color according to the design. The brushes are painted a little bit by clever techniques to gradually bring the entire theme scene to life. After that, it takes about 10 days to dry for a long time. Eventually, it polishes to make the colors more vivid while showing a subtle depth. This is an extremely delicate effect that can only be achieved by lacquer painting.
These exquisite dials are housed in a 41-mm-diameter white gold case, equipped with a Hermes-made H1837 self-winding mechanical movement. Each watch is equipped with a black alligator strap and a 750 white gold pin . Each of these three watches is limited to 24 pieces. (Picture / Text Watch House Xiao Sen)