A watchmaker from the 1930s, Louis Erard’s ethos for luxury timepiece creation revolves around blending tradition with contemporary design. Till date, all Louis Erard watches are made in Switzerland and every single one of their watches is mechanical with the movements built in-house. At Baselworld 2011 Louis Erard marked their 80th anniversary by announcing their classically styled line of watches, the Excellence Collection. With this edition, Louis Erard have tried to give the wearer a sense of tradition and ocassion as it marks 80 years of stellar and precise watch- making by the Swiss company.
Taking inspiration from the Neo-Classical period, The Excellence collection is marked by elements such as a round case, subtle dials, hour markers and Roman numerals. The models in this collection offer functions such as the Power-Reserve display and Regulator or simple Power-Reserve variations, stopwatch with moonphase mechanism and 24-hour indicator, and time-only iterations.
The movement of this collection is based on the unfailing ETA Peseux 7001 hand-wound movement. It has an extra module that was created by Louis Erard and the Swiss watch part specialist Soprod S.A.
One of the remarkable pieces in this collection is the fashionable Excellence Collection Regulateur Reserve de Marche. With a unique dial layout, this model is a regulator watch meaning the hour and minute hands turn around different axes with the hour hand having its own sub-dial at 12 o’clock. It is powered by an ETA 7001 RE9 hand-wound caliber. Being 40 mm in diameter, it looks sleek and sophisticated, making for a perfect fit for formal ensemble.