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October 28, 2013

Hermès Takes a Watch on the Road

By Ingrid Skjong | Watches

Hermès Takes a Watch on the Road
Courtesy of Hermes

The Hermès Arceau Lift watch—the brand’s first flying-tourbillon model—has a historical backstory that matches its technical elegance. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Hermès boutique at 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, the watch, part of a limited-edition batch of 176, speaks to familial pride and individuality: Just four of the timepieces will be available in the United States, and the second piece in the collection is about to make its way across the country.

The prestigious No. 2 (No. 1 was recently retired), along with other Hermès timepieces, kicks off a tour of Hermès boutiques this month, beginning October 30 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California (through November 3; 3333 Bristol St., #1424; 714-437-1725). Subsequent stops include Las Vegas (November 6–10; Wynn Las Vegas, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-866-2629), San Francisco (November 13–17; 125 Grant Ave.; 415-391-7200) and Greenwich, Connecticut (November 20–24; 289 Greenwich Ave.; 203-622-3007).

A double “H”—found on top of the tourbillon carriage and the barrel bridge—mirrors that of the motif found in the Paris store. (The letters are a nod to the blending of the Hermès and Hollande families in 1900, facilitated by the marriage of Emile Hermès, grandson of the founder, and Julie Hollande.) Set in a rose-gold case with an alligator strap, the Lift’s complication can be seen from both the front and the back via a small window. All those glancing at your wrist will see is timeless style. For purchasing inquiries call 1-800-441-448; hermes.com.