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Hermès Arceau Grands Fonds

A colorful exotic fish swims across the dial of the Hermès Arceau Grands Fonds, lighting up the water thanks to a glass micromosaic technique.


Everything you need to know about this watch


The design of the dial is inspired by a pattern from a Hermès “Grands Fonds” scarf designed by French artist Annie Faivre in 1992.


It takes a whole month to complete just one glass micromosaic dial.


The technique is achieved by carefully cutting and melting the tiles at over 700°C to form filaments of the required fineness. Once cool, these strands are cut to the required length. The dial is then prepared with a scalpel to openwork the areas where the tiles will be inserted. A putty base composed of marble powder, lime and linseed oil is then used to fix the tiles in place using a wooden peg. The perfectly-flat dial is then left for one month to dry.


The 41mm white gold timepiece is powered by the Manufacture Hermès H1837 caliber.


This series is limited to six pieces.