Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hermès Arceau Chrono Bridon (New Models - 2015)

The iconic Arceau collection saddles up for a new expression of equestrian sports with the new Arceau Chrono Bridon, interpreted in five versions. All models feature a new bradoon strap, along with the same rounded case design, stirrup-shaped asymmetrical lugs and sloping Arabic numerals as the original line designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978.
Inspired by riding bridles, the small leather bit known as a bradoon reinforces the strap attachment to the case with distinctive saddle stitching. Crafted from Barenia calfskin, an historical material for Hermès; or from bridle leather, a rough material that is extremely tough to handle, the new straps of the Arceau Chrono Bridon highlight the harness and saddle-making expertise of the House.
Available in black, natural, ebony or indigo blue versions, they are a delightful extension of the curving case.
At the heart of the Arceau Chrono Bridon beats a self-winding chronograph calibre that captures the time spent in great escapes on horseback.
The central seconds-hand sweeps steadily around the dial, sometimes clad in orange on sportier versions or else made from steel or blued steel for the more classic models, entirely in harmony with the counter hands.
A mechanical composition enriched with equestrian accents, the Arceau Chrono Bridon is creatively nurtured by the innate elegance of horses.
Technical details

Round, 43 mm in diameter
Material: Steel
Glass:Glare proofed sapphire crystal
Water resistance:5 atm

Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
Diameter:28.2 mm (12 ½’’’)
Thickness:6.1 mm
Power Reserve:42 hours
Jewelling:37 jewels
Frequency:28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz

Hours, minutes, seconds at 3 o’clock, date
60-seconds counter by central hand, 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock

Silvered and grained, rhodium-plated raised numerals, dark-grey transfer
Galvanic black, rhodium-plated raised numerals, white transfer
Matt white, dark-brown transfer
Dark blue, light-grey transfer
Ebony, etoupe transfer

Matt white dial: Natural bridle leather with bradoon at 12 o’clock
Dark blue dial: Smooth indigo blue calf with bradoon at 12 o’clock
Ebony dial: Ebony Barenia calf strap with bradoon at 12 o’clock
Grained silvered dial: Matt havana alligator; Natural Barenia calf with bradoon at 12o’clock
Galvanic black dial: Matt black alligator; Black Barenia calf with bradoon at 12 o’clock
Inter-horn width:22 mm
Buckle:17 mm safety folding clasp in steel

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