Of course you will already know the Hermès brand. From a heritage of producing saddlery and such-like for upper-class horsey types in Europe and beyond to signature scarves etc. for the privileged, you might think that owning a Hermès watch would be like a membership card for the Snooty Club who dine at Snobby-Ville. However as it turns out, the Montre Hermès section of the group are quite serious about watch production and in 2008 the brand launched its first proprietary movement, the H1, developed with Fleurier-based Vaucher - a company part owned by Hermès. Back in 1978 when Hermès created a designated watchmaking division, the first piece released was the Arceau, inspired by the shape of a stirrup. The Arceau Grande Lune continues the theme with the addition of a moonphase module created for the piece by Dubois-Dépraz.
The classic features are still there, the distinctive case shape and lugs, a herringbone motif stamped onto the dial and the sloping numerals (if any of your friends poke fun at the upside down numbers on your watch dial - drop them they are philistines). The moonphase is large-ish but sits nicely proportioned on the dial and is combined with a calendar display. Day and month indications are located just below the Hermès logo. The piece is constructed from stainless steel and measures 43mm. Two dial versions will be available, opaline silvered and galvanic black. Both pieces will be presented on a matching alligator strap of the finest quality, after all it is a Hermès.