The luxury brand Hermes Watchmaker has unveiled its new novelties at Baselworld 2016, showcasing pieces that were inspired by the wild. The tiger and the panther both take centrestage with the Hermes’ Arceau Tigre and Pocket Panthère, as Hermes masterfully combines the majestic beasts with horological artistry.
Echoing the Hermès theme for 2016 “Nature at full gallop”, the great cat featured on the dial of the Arceau Tigre is drawn from an illustration by artist Robert Dallet, who worked with the Maison during the 1980s.
The Arceau Tigre is the first timepiece crafted using the original Email Ombrant (shaded enamel) technique and associates the art of engraving with that of enamelling. The motif is negative-carved in a mould into which the biscuit porcelain is then poured to form the work itself. In creating the mould, the artisans’ talent is expressed through their ability to imagine variations in the thickness of the porcelain that will create the sought-after nuances.
The beauty of the piece lies in its use of light to truly bring out the 3D effect of the tiger motif. Limited to only 12 pieces, the Arceau Tigre also features a white gold case, a transparent sapphire crystal back and an alligator leather strap.
The Pocket Panthère marries the finest works in engraving and enamelling, drawing from Dallet’s illustrations. The long enamelling process at times required 25 firing cycles to achieve the perfect mix and melding of material and colour. In the end, the result is a brightly coloured panther walking amidst a snowy background, which were all engraved in fine detail. The white gold case features a lug at the 12 o’clock mark for the alligator leather strap and similar to the Arceau Tigre, this pocket watch has a transparent case back to showcase the movement within.
Baselworld is the most important annual show for the world’s watch and jewelry industry and it takes place in Switzerland.
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