Louis Erard have chosen their Le Régulateur model as the canvas for a limited edition series of three watches with dials made from stones and mineral glass. Using Aventurine, Lapis-Lazuli, and Malachite, each variant is in a limited edition of 99 pieces.
The dials have two levels, with the dial material cut to reveal the regulateur’s snailed opaline dual counter. The hours are at the top, the seconds at the bottom, with the large signature fir tree minute hand in the centre.
The Excellence Régulateur Aventurine and Excellence Régulateur Lapis-Lazuli are the two blue-themed ones and the Malachite falls into the 2020/ 21 popular green dial category.
The cases are stainless steel and 42mm, with a thickness of 12.25mm. They have the signature fir tree’ crown, and water resistance is 50m.
Powering them, and visible through the open case back, is the automatic Sellita SW266-1, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has 38 hours of power reserve. There is an open-worked oscillating weight with the Erard logo. The case back also has “Limited Edition 1 of 99” engraved on it.
With different dial materials, the three models all have two snailed opaline counters, silver indices, anthracite transfers in the counters, and white transfers on the dial. The hands are rhodium-plated.
Each watch comes on a matching calf nubuck leather strap – “Deep” blue for the Régulateur Aventurine. “Oceania” blue for the Lapis-Lazuli, and “Basilico” for the Malachite.
With a much more accessible entry compared watches using these materials for dials than the ones we’ve covered over the years, these limited edition models have a price of CHF 2,900. As is the nature when using such materials, even within each variant the dials will not be identical (although the differences will obviously be more evident for the Malachite models), which is part of their appeal.
[Photo credit: Louis Erard]