The Louis Erard Excellence Skeleton1:00 pm
The Louis Erard Excellence Skeleton is a fantastic timepiece in the finest Swiss watchmaking tradition. The brand’s love for craftsmanship and excellence in horological complications has led to the creation of a watch exemplifying technical and aesthetic perfection. The watch, with its partially open dial, lets the wearer experience the thrill of the inner workings of the mechanical movement and the marvel of how the gears capture time with utmost precision.
About the Brand
Before we talk more about the brilliance of this watch let’s focus a bit on the brand Louis Erard. Since 1931 Louis Erard has been making complicated mechanical watches in the finest Swiss tradition. Based in Le Noirmont, Switzerland, the brand creates visually spectacular and mechanically precise timepieces for a loyal clientèle, that has a global presence. The clientèle has mostly been watch connoisseurs who prefer state of the art mechanics, superior craftsmanship, and a strong identity without necessarily paying a hefty price. Louis Erard watches stand up to these preferences by reflecting the brand’s core values of being trustworthy, smart, reasonable, discreet and precise.
The Excellence Collection
The Excellence Collection from Louis Erard consists of haute horology watches, strictly for serious connoisseurs, those who prefer watch complication and craftsmanship over fashion and fads. These watches are timeless beauties that will never go out of style, worthy of becoming a family heirloom for the next generation. Skeleton watches or Squelettes were traditionally pocket watches with open dials displaying ornamental and highly embellished movements. The movement parts of skeleton watches are of a higher quality and finish compared to other watches, as typically a large part of the movement is visible to the wearer.
A Masterpiece Watch
The Louis Erard Excellence Skeleton is one of the finest watches ever made by the traditional Swiss watchmaker. The design is a fine mix of classical and modern elements. The 40mm polished steel case with its centre open dial has large and gorgeous Roman indexes. The absence of minute chapters from the dial makes the indexes look more eye catching. The polished and well finished movement parts are reminiscent of pocket watches of the early days.
The watch is powered by a precise and accurate Soprod SOP A10SQ-2 calibre automatic movement with an impressive 42 hour power reserve. The stunning blue hands move across the dial displaying the time while the gears gently move revealing its journey. Another unique design element of the timepiece is the absence of the 6 o’clock marker which is replaced by ‘Louis Erard’ on the dial. The complicated movement is well protected by a scratch proof anti reflective sapphire glass on both sides and the watch is 50M water resistant which makes it suitable for everyday wear, but not for swimming.
The Louis Erard Skeleton watch has an imitation crocodile leather strap which matches the polished steel case superbly. The strap has a stainless steep folding clasp with the brand name ‘Louis Erard’ engraved on it. The watch is very comfortable on the wrist and is a great source of amazement for both the wearer and anyone who happens to glance at it. If you’re looking for a watch that will be a delight to own, one that you can wear for years to come, the Louis Erard is the perfect choice. Also a great gift for someone who appreciates haute horlogerie.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.