Louis Erard has gained recognition for its capacity to include métiers d’artwork ornament methods like enamel, guilloche, and wooden marquetry into its watches at an unusual value level, but additionally for its collaborations with a variety of notable impartial watchmakers resembling Alain Silberstein and Vianney Halter. Its newest collaboration with Konstantin Chaykin brings his inventive, distinctive, and quirky fashion to a broader viewers at a extra accessible value level, permitting extra folks to expertise the world of impartial watchmaking.
However Louis Erard manages to include these design parts into their timepieces, whereas preserving its id. As normal, the latest maintains the model’s typical regulator show the place the hour, minute, and second palms are positioned on distinct factors alongside a vertical axis, dividing the dial. This introduced a problem for Konstantin Chaykin, who fitted his Joker design into the format, leading to a watch that bears his unmistakable fashion whereas remaining distinct from his Wristmons assortment.
Chaykin’s signature Joker watch debuted in 2017, that includes shows within the type of eyes and mouth, and has grown into a set of Wristmons watches that embody varied characters, such because the Minions. Nevertheless, within the newest collaboration with Louis Erard, it will get a brand new face. As an alternative of the twin-eyes show, the Le Régulateur “Time Eater” options just one eye at 12 o’clock, conforming to the regulator show with the hour indicator on the high. Nonetheless, the mechanics of the attention within the “Time Eater” are the identical as these within the Joker watch. The hour indicator is product of a disc with a dot close to the sting, giving the impression of a rolling eye whereas indicating the hour.
Chaykin didn’t see it as a compromise, however reasonably as an attention-grabbing train. As he explains, “Each Halloween, I created a brand new kind of monster, such because the pumpkin head watch and the Dracula watch, for instance. [When I was] on the lookout for concepts for this story, I turned to the one-eyed Likho character from fairy tales.”