Hermès Unveils ‘Of Mastery and Time’ Exhibition in Dubai

Hermès Unveils ‘Of Mastery and Time’ Exhibition in Dubai

Adrienne Faurote
By Adrienne Faurote April 23, 2014

On 21 April, La Montre Hermès opened ‘Of Mastery and Time’, a special horological exhibition in The Dubai Mall. The exhibition displays some of the Maison’s exceptional timepieces within a unique setting that plays with time and offers visitors a captivating insight into Hermès’ savoir faire in Haute Horlogerie.

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The Arceau Lift.

Among the watches on display was the Arceau Lift, the first Hermès flying tourbillon watch, inspired by the historical premises of Hermès at 24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. The double H topping the tourbillon carriage and the barrel bridge of the Arceau Lift reproduces one of the emblematic motifs featured in the interior design of the boutique, above the door of the Lift after which it is named. Limited to 176 pieces, the watch is driven by Calibre H1923 visible from the dial side and is also revealed through an opening carved out in the back of the gold case.

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The Arceau Millefiori.

Another highlight is the Arceau Millefiori, an unusual encounter between watchmaking and glassmaking. Beating to the tune of in-house created mechanical calibres, the pieces are inspired by 19th century paperweights, crafted by the Cristalleries royales de Saint-Louis. The ‘millefiori’ motif (a combination of Italian words meaning ‘a thousand flowers’) is created through a long and complex glassmaking process, with intricate patterns and a unique floral beauty.

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A view of the exhibition space.

“‘Of Mastery and Time’ illustrates the binary rhythm of day and night with two distinct spaces. With the ‘day’ exhibition area, bright and welcoming, and the profound blue of the ‘night’ lounge, we invite visitors to dream and witness our creativity,” said Luc Perramond, CEO of La Montre Hermès.

This exhibition constituted a unique occasion for watch lovers in Dubai into the world of La Montre Hermès. Showcased through the Maison’s exceptional timepieces was a level of artisanal innovation and the know-how representing the brand’s heritage for over a hundred.