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.
Estimated Price: €30,000 – 40,000
Realised Price: €27,000
Hermès International S.A., or simply Hermès is a French high fashion house established in 1837, today specializing in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery, luxury goods, and ready-to-wear. Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse. Designers throughout the company’s history have included Lola Prusac, Jacques Delahaye, Catherine de Karolyi, Monsieur Levaillant, Nicole de Vesian, Eric Bergère, Claude Brouet, Tan Giudicelli, Marc Audibet, Mariot Chane, Martin Margiela, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Veronique Nichanian (current men’s-wear designer), Christophe Lemaire (current women’s-wear designer).