Introducing: The Hermès Arceau Grande Lune

Introducing: The Hermès Arceau Grande Lune

Quick Take

Just in time for peak late-shopping season, Hermès has launched a new take on its long-standing Arceau men’s watch. Called the Arceau Grande Lune, it’s a 43mm case with a rich blue dial and a matching blue strap. The current Arceau line comes in a handful of versions in the 40-41mm range, and this new model not only offers a larger case size but also a full triple calendar with a moon-phase display.

Initial Thoughts

Based on a design that can trace its roots back to 1978 – when Henri d’Origny penned the original asymmetrical and equine-inspired Arceau – the new Arceau Grande Lune sticks closely to the path established by its forebearers by forming an elegant and unique take on a dressy steel watch. The new sizing includes a lovely sunburst-finished blue dial with steel-framed accents for the calendar displays that are mirrored by the steel-toned handset. 

With sapphire crystals front and back, the Arceau Grande Lune uses a Swiss-made automatic movement that Hermès lists as being “not in-house.” While no additional details were offered by the manufacturer, Watches by SJX has reported that the movement in question is an ETA 2982 with a calendar module. Given the price point and the generalist nature of the Arceau line (which also includes models that use quartz movements), the 2892 makes a solid choice for Hermès, especially given the need for a triple calendar and moon-phase complication set. 

The Basics

Brand: Hermès
Model: Arceau Grande Lune 

Diameter: 43mm
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Blue
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator leather strap with fold-over clasp

The Movement

Caliber: ETA 2892 base with triple calendar module.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month, moon-phase
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph

Pricing & Availability

Price: $ 6,100
Availability: December 2020

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