Hermès, the French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer established almost two centuries ago, just released a U.S. exclusive version of the Arceau L’heure de la Lune New York Meteorite Dial limited edition. This unique watch measures 43mm in diameter and 3.7mm in thickness and will be produced in a small run of a 16-piece limited edition set.
Featuring a moon-phase composition, it is the latest piece in the famed companies’ artistic moon phase watch collection. Staying true to its namesake, each timepiece is made with a thin slice of meteorite discovered by fisherman and sold in New York in 1965 and features a moon-phase composition. The meteorite aptly named ‘New York’ was named such by meteorite hunter Luc Labenne in 2008, who has owned the meteorite since 1965. Hermès acquired the meteorite subsequently and has used it for this limited-edition piece.
Cased in platinum, the watch is highlighted with a light brown quilted-pattern (the thin slice of the meteorite) dial features a moon-phase complication developed with Jean-François Mojon. A high-end alternative to the classic moon-phase watch, the watch features two discs, one showing the hour and minute and the other the date. These two dials move to reveal the two mother-of-pearl moon discs, which displays the moon phases in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
The discerning why may notice that the southern hemisphere’s moon is displayed at the top of the dial at 12 o’clock, while the moon seen in the northern hemisphere rests at the 6 o’clock position. Each piece comes with a Havana Matte alligator strap and a platinum folding clasp.
Each Hermès Arceau L’heure de la Lune New York Meteorite Dial is priced at $69,950.