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SIHH 2018: Hermès’ Larger Carré & Colorful Arceau

Originally seen (and somewhat unheralded) in 2010, the Hermès Carré H, a contemporary square timepiece created by architect Marc Berthier excelled with instant legibility and its Girard-Perregaux automatic movement. For 2018 Hermès Carré H returns slightly larger (38mm by 38mm) in a polished and micro-bead-blasted steel case and with a manufacture Hermès/Vaucher automatic movement. On the grey or black dial you’ll find right-angled guilloché work and facetted hands and numerals. Instead of the markers seen on the original Carré H, Hermes now adds Arabic numerals with tech-tilt (01, 02 etc.) that creates an entirely new look for the debut.

Carré H black face

The new Hermès Carré

Carré H natural barenia back

Hermès also expands its Cape Cod collection. One new version features a rhodium-plated dial, polished to create a mirror-like effect and coated with a precious translucent lacquer. The watch is available in two sizes and with a single or double tour Milanese mesh bracelet. Two other variations are also introduced, in Large Model version only, with a single or double tour étoupe or Malta blue strap. The dial of the first features a black gold treatment, while the second is blue lacquered.

Cape Cod GM etoupe double tour S

Cape Cod GM bleu double tour S

Cape Cod GM etoupe PR

Cape Cod GM milanais double tour PR

Cape Cod PM milanais double tour S

Finally, Hermès accents its equestrian theme with the colorful 36mm Arceau casaque, which refers to a jockey’s jersey. The dial, available in four colors, is crafted using champlevé, lacquer and transfer techniques. Hollows are first created in the dial base, then filled with lacquer. Inside is a quartz caliber.

Arceau casaque 36mm capucine

Arceau casaque 36mm electric blue

Arceau casaque 36mm lime face

Arceau casaque 36mm vertigo green

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