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September 1 2014

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On Our Radar: Hermès Arceau Petits Chevaux

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My colleague Marina Larroude is just back from Basel, where she’s brought us around a pound and a half of Swiss chocolate and a stack of photos of the most gorgeous new watches in the world. Sifting through the styles in her office, one immediately caught my eye: This hand-painted Arceau Petits Chevaux by Hermès. No surprise to see horses on the Hermès dial, of course, but these are enameled in stages using a technique called champlevé, which involves filling tiny cavities in the metal with brilliant color. The pattern itself is taken from a vintage Philippe Mouquet tie design from the house archives, and the print feels poppy and classic at once. Sigh: price on request, and for a made-to-order piece like this, I don’t even dare to know. (I’m guessing roughly in the range of a well-equipped stable.) But we’ll always have Paris—er, Basel.

Check back this Friday for a full roundup of the best of the Basel watch fair, including our take on the trends of the upcoming season.

Photo: Courtesy of Hermès

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