The Swiss brand Louis Erard presented models of the Petite Seconde series with unusual stone dials.
For those who are looking for a watch with an original design and an overblown price, Louis Erard is the brand to look at. Always on the lookout for new ideas, Louis Erard has worked with many watchmakers and designers to create original timepieces at not too high a price. The latest such project includes three Petite Seconde models from the Excellence collection with malachite, aventurine and lapis lazuli dials.
Cutting stones or glass into millimeter pieces is a painstaking job that only high-end watch brands can usually do. Louis Erard proves that the use of stone dials is not the prerogative of ultra-expensive watches and uses natural materials, which appeared on three Régulateur models last year. This time they have decorated the classic Small Seconds model.
Enlivened by beautiful green malachite, lapis lazuli with gold flecks and a shimmering deep blue aventurine glass dial, the watch features a snail-shaped matte opaline counter for the small seconds at 6 position, carved into stone or glass. Following the minimalistic spirit of the dial, silver Arabic numerals 12, 2, 4, 8 and 10 are applied to the dial, as are the narrow indexes. The hands have a Christmas tree shape characteristic of the brand.
The watch is available in stainless steel cases with a diameter of 39 mm and a height of 12.25 mm. The round case with short lugs is polished and the dial is protected by a sapphire crystal that protrudes slightly for added charm. Under the transparent caseback is the Sellita SW261-1 élabore automatic movement, with a custom openwork oscillating weight bearing the LE logo. A member of the SW-200 family, the movement runs at 4 Hz and provides 38 hours of power reserve.
Each model is fitted with a matching color grained calfskin strap with a stainless steel buckle: the aventurine dial has a navy blue calfskin strap; lapis lazuli with a blue strap, and malachite with a green strap.