The first thing to note is that there’s a story to each of these Merci Instruments LMM-01 designs. I’ll start with the limited-edition LMM-01 Archiwatch. This model was collaboratively designed with Richard Ménasé of The Archiwatch (a Paris-based dealer of vintage watches). Only 250 numbered pieces will be sold. Its design is inspired by a watch that may have been worn by an architect living in Milan in the ’60s.
With subtle shades of gray on the dial, sharp dauphine hands, and a striking blue seconds hand, it’s certainly not hard to imagine this watch in the scenario that inspired it. All text on the dial is placed at 6 o’clock, with a polished Breguet-style numeral designating 12 o’clock and a strong, architectural outer track. All of these factors create a subtle yet striking look.