Louis Erard continues his collaborations with watchmaking creators, and throws a new bridge towards fine watchmaking with Vianney Halter, an artist whose every creation is a collector’s item. Automatic regulator, limited edition of 178 pieces, 3500 francs.
Once again, it was impossible, so Louis Erard did it: a collector’s automatic regulator, in a limited series (178 copies), at 3,500 francs. This new opus is part of the series of collaborations with watchmaking designers, inaugurated with Alain Silberstein, and this time bears the double Louis Erard label by Vianney Halter.
This exceptional watch is a quintessence, born from the meeting of two worlds. That of Vianney Halter, who has rediscovered the roots of his style, both classic and ultra-contemporary, and has retained the essential. That of Louis Erard, who put himself at the service of the watchmaker and challenged him to design a piece for the general public, for the first time in his career. A piece that is not only a reduction or a simplification of the so sophisticated style of Vianney Halter, but truly a reinterpretation of his philosophy of watchmaking. For the watchmaker, getting out of his usual creative zone was a big challenge: “I wanted to see if I was able to speak to all those who love my watches without being able to afford them. Louis Erard allowed me to do it while remaining authentic. “
He thought of this creation as a return to the sources, to the sources of the history of watchmaking and to the sources of his own style. Its starting point is in the mechanics, in the regulator, this central complication in the history of Louis Erard, which invariably leads back to the precision clocks of the 19th century, to the master clocks of observatories, to a time when the watch was not simply supposed to to be beautiful, but to fulfill its fundamental function: to allow the reading of time.
In his own style, which Vianney Halter calls “future anterior” – in other words: what would 19th century watches be if they were created in the future? – the watchmaker began by sculpting the dial, in order to give depth to each of the three counters. Then he cut the blued steel hands, a first for Louis Erard. The minute is indicated by a long feather hand: finesse of the final indication, but beautiful presence in the center. The hours are also indicated by a feather hand, but stocky, to catch the eye before the others. The second is simply balanced, with its counterweight, so as not to disturb its progress.
And if the end result seems very classic, it is not: it is indeed a contemporary watch, which could never have existed in the past. With the inimitable touch of this peerless designer who is Vianney Halter – who added a last nod to it: the crenellated crown, like that of his “Antiqua”.
Louis Erard demonstrates once again that it is possible to translate the codes and the craftsmanship of fine watchmaking into an accessible watch. And other creations will follow. With other invited designers. Still in a limited edition of 178 copies, a symbolic number which means that together we are stronger.
The Louis Erard x Vianney Halter Regulator ref. 85237AA51
Recommended retail price: CHF 3’500
Automatic regulator, Sellita SW266-1 caliber, 11½ ” ‘, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm, 31 jewels, 28.800 A / H (4Hz), elaborate version movement, meticulous decoration, specially perforated weight with Louis Erard symbol, approx. 38 hour power reserve
HMS Hour hand in counter at 12 o’clock, central minute hand, seconds hand in counter at 6 o’clock
Polished stainless steel, Ø42 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, movement visible through the transparent caseback, water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m / 165 ft) , crenellated crown with Vianney Halter signature, engraved caseback “Limited Edition 1 of 178”
Circular satin finish silver upper plate, matte gray lower plate with microblasted finish silver counters, black decals, horizontal satin finish appliques at 3 o’clock with Louis Erard logo and at 9 o’clock with Vianney Halter logo
Vianney Halter signature blued steel hands
“Oceania” blue nubuck calfskin with tone-on-tone stitching, polished stainless steel pin buckle, lug bars for quick strap change
Watch developed in collaboration with Vianney Halter in a limited edition of 178 pieces
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