Louis Erard has made it a bit of a habit in recent years to every now and then present a collaborative limited edition, and often selects its signature Le Régulateur collection as a starting point. The watch presented today joins forces with Label Noir, a design studio with its own signature style that now bonds with Louis Erard’s split-time display. Dressed in Label Noir’s trademark black, the Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Label Noir turns a proverbial dark page for Louis Erard.
So far we’ve seen an impressive run of creativity coming from Louis Erard using its Le Régulateur. Everything from stone dials, a 404 error message, and primary colours have adorned the collection. The latest turns almost fully black, with a hint of white and green here and there, and is made with Label Noir. This watch design studio is no stranger to MONOCHROME readers, as they have collaborated with several brands before. The idea was to redesign the regulator display in such a way it was intuitively read from top to bottom, so hours, minutes and then seconds, through contrasting finishes.
The stainless steel case of the Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Label Noir is very familiar by now, measuring 42mm across and 12.25mm in height, now sandblasted and finished with a black PVD coating. The domed sapphire crystal protects the dial, while a green-tinted sapphire crystal protects the movement on the backside. It also comes with a black PVD-coated crown and is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The vertically brushed satin-black dial splits the time in separate displays for the hours, minutes and seconds as we all know. Here, the hour subdial at the top is polished to make it contrast with the matte section. White printed hour indices aid the legibility of the subdial. A white and green minute track around the outer perimeter of the dial greets the central minute hands. The seconds subdial is positioned below that and comes with a green-coated hand where the other two are polished. A “Louis Erard x Label Noir” transfer completes the dial.
Louis Erard uses the Sellita SW 266-1 in all its Le Régulateur models. This movement runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and provides a running time of 38 hours. As you can see, it aligns the hour, minute and seconds display vertically. It is driven by a custom Louis Erard signed rotor, whizzing away underneath that green crystal. As it is an élaboré grade movement, the finishing is pretty decent.
Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Label Noir is worn on a black nylon strap with green stitching and a black leather lining. It comes with quick-release spring bars to easily swap it out for something else and closes with a sandblasted, black PVD-coated pin buckle. It is presented as a limited edition of 178 pieces, each one labelled “1 of 178”. The watch will retail for CHF 3,500 and will be available as of now.