Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II
- Self Winding/Automatic
- Swiss Made
- Stainless steel
- 5.00atm / 50.00m / 165.00ft
- Pin Buckle
- Stainless steel
Louis Erard continues to reinvent traditional métiers d’art with this second hand guilloché dial. It is exactly the same technique that Breguet popularised in the 18th century, but Louis Erard hasn't stopped at this classic framework, opening up a new territory for expression: exclusive, innovative and contemporary.
It’s so Louis Erard, the logo isn't even printed on the dial. It's all in the pattern: a large diamond, opened out like perspective, black flat spaces and lines engraved in the metal. A work of art made manifest: clear proof that traditional métiers d’art have a promising future.
This is the second time Louis Erard has reinterpreted the art of guilloché (the first Excellence Guilloché Main was released in 2021). An art where the craftsman’s hand meets the mechanism: a manual lathe with cams determines the designs, while the hand guides the chisel — a mark of exceptional watchmaking whose origins date back to the 16th century.
Guilloché is the art of decoration and repetitive patterns. Traditionally, guilloché is used to create variation, as in music: the theme or motif creates the starting point, then the rhythm or associations are woven in. Traditionally, guilloché is based on a repertoire of patterns: there are nearly 80, and these patterns constitute the scale on which everything else is composed.
But Louis Erard changed the rules under the artistic and strategic impulse of Manuel Emch. He wanted this second opus of Excellence Guilloché Main to be a 100% original creation, starting from the design, and utilising all the resources of artisan dial- maker Fehr in La Chaux-de-Fonds to enhance and modernise traditional guilloché.