NEW Louis Erard Le Triptyque Alain Silberstein Limited Edition Set
Friday - 11 June 2021
The new three-piece limited edition set from Louis Erard marks yet another collaborative effort between the independent Swiss watch manufacturer and Alain Silberstein.
Louis Erard and Alain Silberstein collaborate once again, this time to create a trio of distinctive Excellence Le Triptyque watches – each one, in essence, conveying the same information but with a slightly different layout. One paying homage to the classic regulator style watch that Louis Erard has become a renowned specialist in, another with a monopusher design, and a third one celebrating a more artistic way to read the time – the Semaine.
Although originally founded in La Chaux de Fonds, Swiss watchmaker, Louis Erard began selling watches back in 1931 and having experienced some measure of turbulence over its 90-year heritage, now resides in Le Noirmont where it continues to produce affordable Swiss watches. Many of the manufacturer’s timepieces are based on the old regulator style display, which points to a time where master clocks of the 18th century were fitted with a minute hand as the integral feature of the design. Other elements of the display were relocated to smaller displays constituting a popular design for brands such as Chronoswiss, who has since pioneered modern interpretations that have proved themselves very popular. This brings us on to the innovative work Louis Erard shares with other pioneers within the industry and in particular, this collaborative effort between itself and Alain Silberstein, with a new limited edition three-piece box set.
Louis Erard has collaborated with Alain Silberstein before – a company that has been specializing in bold, colourful and extravagant timepieces inspired by Bauhaus elements for many years. Back in 2019 the company collaborated with Louis Erard to create the Louis Erard and Alain Silberstein Excellence Regulator watch, marking the first regulator watch to be designed by Silberstein. It revisited one of Louis Erard’s most emblematic designs. A total of just 178 limited edition pieces worldwide were sold within hours. The watch was made available in a silver or black dial option and featured a distinctive triangular arrow hour hand, a pointer-style hand for the minutes and a “squiggly” second hand. The watch played on Alain Silberstein’s whimsical approach to fine watchmaking whilst remaining faithful to the signature style of the regulator watch. It would go on to win the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2021 and was selected for Geneva’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie. Now, Louis Erard releases three Excellence Le Triptyque Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein watches, sold in a collector’s box and limited to just 78 pieces worldwide. The box set is once again expected to sell out almost instantly.
Just 78 lucky collectors will own one of these very special limited edition box sets. The technical specifications and authenticated guarantee, along with an exclusive presentation box, are all supplied upon purchase, making this unique trio a solid investment for the future. The non-fungible token, supplied with the box set, is linked exclusively to each individual Triptych and made possible thanks to Qiibee who already partners with Louis Erard for the brand’s loyalty program. But who would even consider putting this three-piece Triptyque limited edition set on the market anyway? The three timepieces are a complete work of art. All three watches; La Semaine, Le Régulateur II, and Le Chrono Monopoussoir are exclusively designed by Silberstein. Each case is endowed with brancards, a conical shaped crown and a mix of sandblasted and polished finishes on a grade 2 titanium case. All models, however, are powered by a different movement and feature slightly different dial designs. The 100-meter water-resistant cases are attached to a black nylon strap with a micro-blasted grade 2 titanium hook and loop fastener, with functional catch spring bars that enable you a quick strap adjustment whenever necessary.
Ref: 75357TT02.BTT88 is the 47mm La Semaine Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein model, which features a matte black dial with a red lacquered hour hand, blue lacquered minute hand and yellow lacquered “squiggle” second hand. A weekly planner developed by Alain Silberstein is the key feature of this design. The days go without names and instead are represented by smileys to symbolize different moods and emotions that evolve throughout the week, reminding us of the constant passage of time. The 47mm titanium case is home to the ETA 2836-2, which provides a 38-hour power reserve and is adorned with decorative finishes that can be admired through a transparent caseback feature. The red-lacquered signature crown is also scribed with the Louis Erard symbol. The smileys days disc is also accompanied by a date at 6 o’clock and a yellow and red hour track.
The ref: 85358TT02.BTT88 is the Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein II. A large blue arrow tip represents the minute hand on a matte black dial, while the seconds are presented in a yellow serpentine design in a sub-counter at 6 o’clock. The hours? A red triangle inside an off-centre counter at 12 o’clock. Intended to evoke an almost child-like innocence and a playful simplicity, this model communicates a sense of philosophical depth whilst also paying references to Silbersteins’ signature Bauhaus-inspired design codes. The watch is powered by the Sellita SW266-1 Calibre, producing a 38-hour power reserve and features a special open-worked oscillating weight revealed through a sapphire-backed case.
Lastly, the ref: 74359TT02.BTT88 is the 47mm Le Chrono Monopoussoir Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein., which boasts an all-new chronograph mechanism. Powered by the monopusher chronograph, calibre Sellita SW500MPCa, it offers a 48-hour power reserve, a central chronograph second hand and a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, along with a central placed red hour hand and blue minute hand. Similar to the La Semaine, model, the new hour hand is showcased in this design - a red circle pinned with a triangle.
To sum up, the Louis Erard Le Triptyque Louis Erard x Alain Silberstein limited edition watch set is expected to have a great impact upon the elite watch-collecting community, appealing most to fans of quirky, off-the-wall designs but also those who have faithfully followed the Louis Erard and Silberstein collaborations of recent years. Alain Silberstein comments;
“Just like a choir or philharmonic orchestra, where you rehearse until you find that certain something, the crystallisation. These watches are made to awake the inner child within all of us, and my work is only really finished when they make someone smile. Without carte blanche from Louis Erard, it would have been impossible to succeed in this goal.”