Designed in 1978 by Henri d’Origny, the
Arceau watch lends its understated yet
distinctive lines to the expertise and creativity
of artistic crafts Its round case with stirrupshaped
lugs frames a glass micromosaic dial.
Standing out against the turquoise blue
background is a brightly coloured exotic
fish representing the theme of the «Grands
Fonds» scarf designed in 1992 by French artist
Annie Faivre. Her rigorous technique and abundant imagination are mirrored in thiscoloured glass microcosm crafted by Hermès Horloger artisans.
This miniature composition requires more than a month of work for a single dial. First,
the craftsperson selects variously coloured glass tesserae, cuts them and melts them at
more than 700 °C to form filaments of the required fineness. A putty base composed of
marble powder, lime and linseed oil serves to assemble the tiny tiles. The aquatic motif,
reproduced to scale, is positioned on the dial base and a scalpel is used to openwork the
areas where the corresponding tesserae will be inserted.