Hermès on Tuesday released a U.S. exclusive version of the Arceau L’heure de la lune, a timepiece that’s made from New York Meteorite and features a moon-phase composition. The numbered, 16-piece limited edition will retail for US$69,950 each.
The meteorite used is the only one that bears the name “New York,” which was declared in 2008 by meteorite hunter Luc Labenne , who purchased it from a private collector whose family owned it since 1965, according to Hermès. The French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer acquired the meteorite subsequently and used it for this limited edition piece.
Cased in platinum with a metallic appearance, the Arceau L’heure de la lune features a unique moon-phase complication developed with Jean-François Mojon , head of Chronode, who has been involved in the design and manufacture of dozens of watches. The two time-and-date display subdials move in order to reveal the moon, with the simultaneous display of moon phases in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
At 12 o’clock, the moon is adorned by a Pegasus designed by Dimitri Rybaltchenko , who has been responsible for many of Hermès’ signature scarves. At six o’clock, the view of the moon from the northern hemisphere provides a realistic depiction of its surface.
The watch measures 43mm in diameter, and 3.7mm in thickness. It comes with a Havana Matte alligator strap and a platinum folding clasp.Luxury watchmakers are getting increasingly innovative with materials used. Last month, Tom Ford announced the Tom Ford Ocean Plastic Timepiece, a luxury watch made from 100% recycled ocean plastic this November.
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