Hermès Arceau Chrono Bridon

Published by Pierre-Paul Godts


Arceau Chrono Bridon

The iconic Arceau collection saddles up for a new expression of equestrian sports with the new Arceau Chrono Bridon, interpreted in five versions. All models feature a new bradoon strap, along with the same rounded case design, stirrup-shaped asymmetrical lugs and sloping Arabic numerals as the original line designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978.


Inspired by riding bridles, the small leather bit known as a bradoon reinforces the strap attachment to the case with distinctive saddle stitching. Crafted from Barenia calfskin, an historical material for Hermès; or from bridle leather, a rough material that is extremely tough to handle, the new straps of the Arceau Chrono Bridon highlight the harness and saddle-making expertise of the House. Available in black, natural, ebony or indigo blue versions, they are a delightful extension of the curving case.

At the heart of the Arceau Chrono Bridon beats a self-winding chronograph calibre that captures the time spent in great escapes on horseback. The central seconds-hand sweeps steadily around the dial, sometimes clad in orange on sportier versions or else made from steel or blued steel for the more classic models, entirely in harmony with the counter hands.

A mechanical composition enriched with equestrian accents, the Arceau Chrono Bridon is creatively nurtured by the innate elegance of horses.

Technical Specifications

. Shape/dimensions Round, 43 mm in diameter
. Material Steel
. Glass Glareproofed sapphire crystal
. Water resistance 5 atm
. Type Mechanical self-winding movement, crafted in Switzerland
. Diameter 28.2 mm (12 ½’’’)
. Thickness 6.1 mm
. Power Reserve 42 hours
. Jewelling 37 jewels
. Frequency 28’800 vibrations per hour / 4Hz
. Time functions Hours, minutes, seconds at 3 o’clock, date
. Chrono. functions 60-seconds counter by central hand, 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
• Silvered and grained, rhodium-plated raised numerals, dark-grey transfer
• Galvanic black, rhodium-plated raised numerals, white transfer
• Matt white, dark-brown transfer
• Dark blue, light-grey transfer
• Ebony, etoupe transfer
BUCKLE 17 mm safety folding clasp in steel