LE RÉGULATEUR LOUIS ERARD X ALAIN SILBERSTEIN PART II
Marking the second collaboration with Alain Silberstein, Louis Erard gives the French “watch architect” carte blanche to create a trilogy of watches with his signature design language.
Marking a radical departure from the brand’s conventional round steel cases, the Triptyque Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein models all share a new 40mm case design framed by vertical sidebars. Reminiscent of De Bethune’s floating lugs, or even the openworked lugs on the Porsche Design 1919 models, the vertical sidebars rejuvenate the collection and add an interesting architectural touch. Another novelty is the conical crown with its red lacquered tip. The case material is a combination of microblasted grade 2 titanium and polished grade 5 titanium. To highlight the new architecture, the lugs, the case, and the bezel have a matte mircroblasted finish, while the sidebars and crown are polished.
Water-resistant to 100 metres, the watches come with a black double-layer nylon strap that is threaded over the bar of the lug at one end with a hook-and-loop fastener for quick adjustment. The material is soft, breathable and lightweight and won’t retain moisture and the catch spring bars mean the strap can be changed in a jiffy. (Measurements of strap: 22.7mm width, 225mm length, suitable for a wrist circumference of 140 to 200mm.)Each model is limited to 178 pieces, 78 of which will be sold in a collector’s box with the entire capsule and a digital artwork signed by the artist.
The star of Louis Erard’s Excellence collection gets its second makeover from Alain Silberstein. Although the layout is similar to the 2019 version, with a prominent minutes track and smaller sub-dials for hours and running seconds, the power reserve gauge has been removed, leaving a cleaner, more balanced dial. The minutes are relayed on a flange with white, yellow and red markers and indicated by a long blue arrow-tipped hand. The hours are placed in a silver opaline sub-dial at noon with black and red indices and a bold red triangular hand, while the running seconds are displayed in the lower sub-dial with the hallmark yellow serpentine hand. The movement is a Sellita SW266-1 (élaboré grade) automatic with a customised Louis Erard rotor and a power reserve of 38 hours.