Last month we introduced an attractive new “Terracotta” dial from Louis Erard. Last year, the brand released a triumverate of pieces with dials made from Aventurine, Lapis-Lazuli, and Malachite, each variant is in a limited edition of 99 pieces.
Today’s new piece is again about the dial, and again in a limitation of 99 pieces. This time, it uses a very traditional method (hand guilloché) but in a non-traditional way, in the form of a large diamond pattern.
In fact this is the second in this guilloché ‘series’ – the first Excellence Guilloché Main from 2021 came with a dial that had a three dimensional checked pattern that ‘tricks’ the observer into creating depth.
The progression of these two pieces has me wondering about whether their next in this series will go more fully into optical illusion.
The Guilloché Main II has a matte black varnished dial, with the interlocking squares done by by Fehr & Cie SA of La Chaux-de-Fonds. There is a rhodium-plated hour circle and the “Swiss Guilloché Main” on the bottom of the dial is a powdered silver transfer. The Erard fir tree hands in blued steel.
Its case is stainless steel, measuring 42mm with a thickness of 12.2mm and water resistance of 50m. On the case back there is an engraving stating that it is “Limited Edition 1 of 99”, and through the open case back can be seen the automatic Sellita Calibre 261-1 which beats at 28,000 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours. The open-worked rotor has a black lacquered Louis Erard symbol.
Coming on a black grained calf strap with a blue insert on the underside, it has an RRP of CHF 3,900 (including taxes) and you can enquire at your nearest authorised dealer or get it directly from them here.
[Photo credit: Louis Erard]