So-called ‘salmon coloured’ dials have a particular niche corner of the watch universe – if we go back quite a few decades we can find vintage watches from a variety of brands which feature slightly different tones of this colour. In more recent times, there have been a number of notable additions to the field from brands large and small.
Louis Erard have just launched a new variant of their Excellence Petite Seconde called ‘Terracotta’ which, to my mind at least, fits broadly in colour terms within this category.
The new Excellence Petite Seconde Terracotta is available in either 39mm or 42mm sized stainless steel cases (both are 12.2mm thick) with a water resistance of 50m. The brand’s fir tree appears on the crown.
Although there is no direct ‘material’ link, Louis Erard have said that this new model is sort of a segue from the Excellence Regulator triumverate released last year which used aventurine, lapis lazuli and malachite for their dials. It doesn’t involve any actual terracotta, but is ‘of the earth’ thematically linked.
If you’re wondering about the soil of the Jura region in which Louis Erard is situated, whether for wine-making or earthenware reasons, it is clay, limestone and a bit of marl.
This new model, whatever one wishes to call the colour, is a good looking watch, its rendition of this colour improved by the use of different textures, which also gives it tonal contrast.
The matte terracotta-coloured dial has a circular satin-finished centre and minute track. Contrasting with this is a snailed seconds counter at 6 o’clock. The polished fir tree hands are anthracite, as are the transfers and indices.
Inside is the automatic Swiss SW266-1 movement, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours. It has an open-worked rotor with the Louis Erard logo.
It comes on a dark brown Baranil (a premium French tannery) calf leather strap with beige stitching, and a steel pin buckle and will be limited in production to 10 pieces per annum, per reference.
Not only is this an attractive new addition to the Excellence range, but for those who dials of this colour, it’s also accessibly price. Both sizes are CHF 1,950 (including taxes) and you can purchase directly from their website. Click here for the 39mm model and here for the 42mm.
[Photo credit: Louis Erard]