Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

LOT 21

Hermès, "Arceau Le Temps Suspendu" for Only Watch Hermès, Paris, "Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu", world's first triple retrograde, case No. 2898143, Ref. AR8.960. Very fine and unique, triple retrograde, selfwinding, water-resistant, asymmetric, palladium wristwatch with 360° retrograde hour and minute hand, retrograde date hand, and palladium folding safety clasp.

Case: Two-body, circular, polished, asymmetric lugs and crown at 2, button at 9 for starting and stopping the hands (suspending time) case back with five screws engraved "Only Watch 2011", anti-glare sapphire crystal glass. Dial: Blue grained with herringbone decoration, radial Breguet numerals, outer dot minute divisions, ?time suspended? zone at 12, sector for the retrograde date. Polished skeleton hands. Movement: ?time suspended? module, circular grained and snailed bridges, 24 jewels, straightline lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance spring, shock absorber, oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève decoration. Diameter 43 mm.

Wish Price EUR 30,000 - 40,000

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Founded in Paris in 1837, the House of Hermès built its reputation for excellence on its skill in making horse saddles. The Hermès watchmaking tradition dates back to the 1920's, when the firm's saddlemaking talent was first excercised on watch straps. In 1928, the first watches were presented in the company store at 24 Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. The Ateliers de la Montre Hermès was founded in Biel, Switzerland in 1978, leading to the creation of the Arceau, designed by Henri d'Origny and taking its name from a specific stirrup element. Since 2003, Hermès has designed and developed its own mechanical watch calibres, enriching the collection with a fine array of horological complications and fine craftsmanship. Arceau Le Temps Suspendu Only Watch Conceals time and erases it from the dial while continuing to register its ceaseless march. This new horological complication developed exclusively for Hermès is a world's first. The mechanics behind the illusion are created by an additional module, enabling automatic and spontaneous alternation between suspended time and standard time. The 360 degree retrograde hour and minute mechanisms make time disappear without interrupting the relentless running of the movement. Only