Hermès said, “Put a bird on it.”
Silk stitching and natural oils aren’t usually the first things that come to mind when talking up a new timepiece. Then again, Hermès’ latest drop is anything but typical.
The watch is a dual tribute: Both to Henri d’Origny’s 1978 Arceau and Katie Scott’s 2020 Toucans de Paradis scarf. The Arceau’s classic lines with Scott’s botanical illustrations create a perfect harmony between craftsmanship and nature. The result? A truly standout piece of wristwear.
Looking at it by the numbers, the toucan design is composed of 500 individual silk threads, each assembled by hand. The dial is surrounded by a 38mm white gold case, embellished with 82 shimmering diamonds. Each edition is numbered, with only 24 in the world. And perhaps the most important number of all — the price — the Arceau Toucan de Paradis retails for HK$607,800.