Given the brand’s continuous collaborations with designers, watchmakers, artisans and design studios, Louis Erard might consider changing its name to Louis Erard & Friends. The latest adaptation of the brand’s classic Regulator model has been entrusted to indie watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin, whose gaping-mouthed cyclops returns in a darker version with even creepier details. Officially named the Time Eater II – From Dusk to Dawn, the watch comes in two sizes with different case finishings.
Konstantin Chaykin has a dark sense of humour and uses his consummate watchmaking skills (he has 94 patents under his belt) to animate some very unusual creatures congregated in his Wristmons collection. Lurking here are models like the Mouse King and Grimaldi the Clown with funny spinning eyes to indicate the time and wide mouths for the moon phases.
Earlier this year, Chaykin produced the first Time Eater for Louis Erard using the Regulator model as a base for his one-eyed monster. Such was the popularity of this model that collectors continue to hunt it down, and the first two versions were auctioned during Geneva Watch Days for CHF 20,000 – roughly five times the original price! If that wasn’t enough, the watch is competing in the “Petite Aiguille” category of the upcoming GPHG 2023 awards.
Inspired by the terrifying figure of the one-eyed Likho, a legendary creature in Slavic mythology personifying evil and misfortune, Chaykin confects an even creepier Time Eater. Set against a dark, wavy background, the monster’s revolving blood-shot pupil indicates the hours in the sub-dial at noon. The red-framed sub-dial at 6 o’clock has a black star-shaped running seconds indicator devouring time like a dark hole. The squiggly red hand spanning the dial indicates the minutes and can be interpreted as a gnarled, menacing (middle) finger with horns at the opposite end.
Available in a 42mm diameter polished steel case or a 39mm sandblasted steel case with black PVD treatment, the background colour of the dial also varies: the larger model is anthracite, while the smaller 39mm edition is black. The crown of the Time-Eater II is a signature Chaykin crown, and the caseback is engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 178”.
In keeping with the spooky nature of the one-eyed monster, the strap is made from black toad leather with a blood-red rabbit leather lining. Thanks to the functional catch springs, the strap can be changed in a jiffy.
The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, and the Sellita automatic movement can be seen through the semi-transparent, tinted caseback. The élaboré grade movement is decorated, powered by an openworked customised rotor and delivers a 38h power reserve.
Availability & Price
The Louis Erard x Konstantin Chaykin Regulator Time Eater II “From Dusk to Dawn” is a limited edition of 178 pieces in the 42mm polished steel case and 178 pieces in the 39mm black PVD case; both retail for CHF 4,000. The two models are also sold as a set in a special box limited to 28 pieces for CHF 7,900. And if the success of the former Time Eater is anything to go by, these haunting time devourers are going to fly off the shelves.
For more information, please consult louiserard.com.