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At Baselworld this year, the luxuryactivist team discovered real treasures. Like this amazing Timepiece by Hermès called Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu.


We met several Watchmakers. While some were trying to measure time, others to catch up time, a few like Hermès brought an invitation to enjoy time. Baselworld 2013 was definitely the year of performance. Many watch manufacturers presented 10Hz watches with a precision of almost perfection. But other Houses, wanted to tell you a story – A story of enjoying time second after second and make it last for ever… or almost.

Spinner_Dial Hermes

Hermès presented the evolution of its Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu. After winning a watchmaking prize, we got finally the story told to us by the Hermès team at the Hermès booth in Baselworld. And we must say that we got completely taken into a timeless journey… pure poetry.





The principle of this timepiece is as simple as magical. Sometimes you wish that time would stop and that precious moment would last for ever. When you meet that friend, your first kiss or even the birth of your first child. So with a watch at your wrist you are tempted to see the time going by and those rare and unique moments to fly away. Hermès wanted to create a special moment in time by “suspending it”. How? With a pusher at 10h, you can basically place the small and big hand into a “impossible position, so that you do not see the real time anymore. Like if you decided to suspended it! During that time, time continues and your watch keep measuring the time. Whenever you feel it or need it, you just press the same pusher again and the hands place themselves on the right time so you just get back to the real time. Brilliant as simple. They call this “to live outside time”.

Le Temps suspendu by Hermes


Inside this beautiful and elegant Timepiece, you can find a mechanical Swiss made movement with :

  • 42 hours power reserve
  • 21 + 24 jewels
  • 4Hz / 28’800 vibrations per hour
  • Hours, minutes, pusher serving to make time run or stand still
  • Anti-glare sapphire crystal
  • Water resistant at 3 atm.
  • Dials, cases and straps depending on the model. 38 and 43 mm.

Here some snapshots from the different variations.


Le Temps suspendu by Hermes



Le temps suspendu hermes 43mm


For more information, please visit the brand website:

What did we learn? That every time we complain that we lack of time, actually we just do not know how to… suspend it!



Info sourced at Hermès private presentation for in Baselworld2013. All content is copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.