Hermès’ watch exhibition was a temporal showcase

Hermès opened the 2023 ‘Crafting Time’ exhibition in Dubai at the Hermès Store in the Dubai Mall. The exhibition continues the vibe of the Watches and Wonders Geneva scenography, with the viewer freely navigating between the suspended sculptures.

Artist Clément Vieille created the scenography to immerse the visitor into the heart of Hermès time. Through the paths offered, the visitor is plunged into a precise and dreamlike mechanism, evoking the heart of a mechanical watch. Can time be captured? One might wonder. Hermès does not try to control it, but rather tames it and plays with it. Within this powerful realm, time is the material from which the forms emerge. The latest Hermès H08 is thus a celebration of the alliance of human craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.

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©Mohamed Somji

The House made sure to complement their latest launch with a wide range of Haute Horlogerie watches and exceptional pieces. The following is a rundown on the various Hermès timepieces that are showcased at the exhibition.

١. Arceau L’heure de la lune

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The Arceau L’heure de la lune watch offers a unique vision of Earth’s satellite, complete with the simultaneous display of the moon phases in both northern and southern hemispheres. It boasts two mobile counters that gravitate on a Mars or Black Sahara meteorite dial, revealing mother-of-pearl
moons in step with an exclusive module and a Manufacture Hermès movement.

٢. Slim d’Hermès Squelette Lune

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This timepiece mingles simplicity with informality, with its daring use of contrasting materials and stylistic crossovers standing out. With pure lines carved from ultra-light titanium, it is a key part of the Silm d’Hermès collection. Consisting of deep shades in the skeletonized dial and airy architecture with alternating matt and glossy finishes, it is a perfect representation of a cosmic and dreamlike dimension.

٣. Faubourg Polka Joaillerie

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The 2014 Faubourg model has given rise to the Faubourg Polka, a line exuding the inimitable elegance of a miniature. The former’s case and bracelet have been entirely reworked in a resolutely contemporary and assertive style. The bracelet design features a new rhythm that draws inspiration from punctuation. Indeed, the Faubourg Polka Joaillerie watch calls upon the patiently acquired skills of the artisans who craft it.

٤. Kelly Haute Joaillerie

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Created in 1975, the Kelly watch has been reimagined in a modern manner, offering a variety of wearability alternatives. The art of gem-setting transforms the singularly feminine watch into a radiantly precious jewellery timepiece, thanks to a combination of demanding techniques and boundless creativity. Adorned in gold and diamonds, Kelly Haute Joaillerie is a dazzling cuff around the wrist.

٥. Slim d’Hermès La Panthère de Robert

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Created in 2015, the Slim d’Hermès is a masterclass in simplicity, thoroughness and balance. The distinctive, understated lines of its round case with angular lugs frame an in-house technique called “leather
mosaic”. The ‘La Panthère de Robert’ motif is created with 3,500 differently-coloured 0.5mm leather squares that the artisan places on the dial, according to the original pattern to be reproduced.

٦. Arceau Plumes en fêtes

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Framed by a 38mm gemset white gold case, the stirrup-shaped geometry of the Arceau watch, designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978, provides a canvas for the delicate expertise of the dial-makers. The outline of the scene is placed on a mother-of-pearl dial and its contours are individually adjusted by hand to ensure their perfect definition. A subtle palette of colours – chosen as a vibrant tribute to nature – is then applied to the heart of this motif.

٧. Arceau Lift Les Sentinelles

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The Arceau Lift flying tourbillon watch is inspired by the historical premises of Hermès at 24, Rue du
Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. The dial presents a combination of miniature enamel painting and cloisonné enamelling. The gold wires are delicately hand-applied to the dial, with the artisan then filling these previously created compartments with enamel of various colours, thereby creating the picturesque Les Sentinelles motif.

For more information, visit Hermès official website.

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