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A Fusion of Traditional Craftsmanship and Contemporary Art

Louis Erard, in collaboration with the renowned Geneva-based watchmaker and jeweler Cédric Johner, unveils the Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Cédric Johner. This limited edition masterpiece, capped at 178 pieces, represents a pinnacle of horological artistry, blending traditional craftsmanship with a modern aesthetic.

Artisan Collaboration at its Finest

Cédric Johner, known for his “intuitive watchmaking,” brings an extraordinary approach to the creation of these timepieces. Eschewing conventional plans, Johner crafts each component one by one, fitting them together in a seamless assembly that culminates in beautifully decorated watches. His method involves starting with vintage mechanisms which he meticulously dismantles, restores, and reassembles, enhancing them with handcrafted trim made in his workshop. This process ensures that each watch is unique, characterized by Johner’s signature hexagonal dial and bespoke decorations.

Technical Elegance and Detailed Craftsmanship

The Le Régulateur features a polished stainless steel case measuring 39mm x 45.9mm x 12.8mm, with a distinctive domed hexagonal AR-coated sapphire crystal. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters and showcases a signature fir tree crown. The movement is a Swiss automatic Sellita regulator caliber SW266-1, adorned with an openworked rotor decorated by Johner with 230 intricately crafted beads.

Dial and Display:

  • Dial Colors: Available in mauve or blue PVD with a sunray pattern.
  • Functionality: Features an hour hand in a counter at 12 o’clock, a central minute hand, and a seconds hand in a counter at 6 o’clock.
  • Decoration: The dial includes engraved guilloché decoration with concave turned hour and minute counters, polished rhodium-plated leaf-shaped hands.

Strap Details:

  • Material: Comes on a 20mm black or grey grained calf leather strap, with tone-on-tone stitching and a black grained calf leather lining.
  • Buckle: Polished stainless steel pin buckle.

A Watch Not Just for Collectors

This collaboration was sparked by a meeting between Cédric Johner and Manuel Emch, Artistic Director and CEO of Louis Erard. Sharing mutual respect and common values, their partnership aimed to create a piece that transcends the exclusivity typically reserved for bespoke collector’s items. Priced at 4,000 Swiss Francs, this watch is designed to be accessible while maintaining the high standards of Johner’s craftsmanship.

At the end of the day…

The Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Cédric Johner is  a testament to the skill and passion of its creators but also an invitation to watch enthusiasts and collectors to explore the nuances of fine watchmaking. At the end of the day, each piece embodies the dedication to craftsmanship and detail that both Louis Erard and Cédric Johner are celebrated for, making it a significant addition to any collection at an incredible price.

Due to the unpredictable and volatile market on certain Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet watches, prices are subject to change.