An outlandish trio of watches from Alain Silberstein and Louis Erard
Meet the Triptych: La Semaine, Le Régulateur II, and Le Chrono Monopoussoir
Creativity is like a switch in the attic of the house. You either have an attic or you don't. And if you do, the switch is either on or off, there's no dim light switch. I sometimes find myself staring at the screen for hours; achieving nothing, writing nothing. On other occasions my fingers are just seamlessly gliding across the keyboard and minutes later I hit 'publish'. You can't really control it. Well, I can't, maybe other people can. Anyway, my point is there are various ways to be creative, and various ways to express that creativity. Some brands are constantly trying to up the ante by unveiling new and improved iterations of the same model(s), while other brands tend to experiment more with new colours and new shapes.
Both Louis Erard and Alain Silberstein - founded in 1926 and 1987 - fall under the latter category even though they're different brands from different eras. They share a common passion for outlandish shapes and daring designs and they've finally decided to work together on a new collection of watches to push the boundaries of artistic and horological design: they call it the Triptych.
Alain Silberstein was given 'carte blanche' to reinvent three signature model from Louise Erard - La Semaine, Le Régulateur II, and Le Chrono Monopoussoir. Each watch is built on a unique titanium frame - microblasted and polished - with vertical sidebars called 'brancards', housing a round case, which is also made from titanium.
The 'La Semaine' features a day-date function but just above the traditional aperture for the date at the 6 o'clock you'll find a day indicator featuring... smiley faces. You start with a somber, grey Monday and the smiley face changes as the mood improves throughout the week. If, like me, you actually like Mondays and hate Sundays, you can always alter the way the smiley faces are showcased to make sure they match your mood. The movement housed in the grade II titanium with sapphire crystal is an automatic-winding ETA 2836-2 with a 38-hour power reserve.
Le Régulateur II
The 'Le Régulateur II' features a large blue arrow hand for the minutes, a red triangle for the hours, and a small yellow 'serpentine' hand for the seconds. It is by an automatic-winding Sellita SW266-1 with a 38-hour power reserve, housed in a grade II titanium case with sapphire crystal, and paired with a black nylon strap.
Le Chrono Monopoussoir
The 'Le Chrono Monopoussoir' is a monopusher chronograph, powered by an automatic-winding Sellita SW500 MPCa with a 48-hour power reserve. Just like the other two models, the case is made from grade II titanium and equipped with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Water resistant up to 100 mt.
All three are limited to 100 (standard) + 78 (collector's box set) units, with prices starting from CHF 3,500 (Le Régulateur II and La Semaine) and CHF 4,500 (Le Chrono Monopoussoir). BY purchasing the collector's box set, you also get an NFT (non-fungible token), which is essentially a digitalised and crypto-certified asset that certifies and guarantees the authenticity of the watch.