Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

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Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB
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Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB. A new collaboration. A meeting of minds in the world of classic watchmaking. A dash of Antide Janvier; a touch of 19th century marine chronometry. A concentrate of fine watchmaking references brought together in one affordable design: CHF 3,600, with two variations in a limited series of 178 pieces each.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

This is not a watch, it is a meeting place. A centre of gravity. Louis Erard production, Massena LAB co-production, against a backdrop of classic chronometry with the Régulateur Louis Erard as the training ground for this new collaboration, adding to an already impressive list of names: Alain Silberstein, Vianney Halter, Atelier OÏ, Seconde/Seconde/, Eric Giroud.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

The result, Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB, comes in two variations. The only defining element between the two is the dial: on one, the lower plate is plated in 2N gold, while the other is rhodium-plated. Both models come in a limited edition of 178 pieces—a symbolic number meaning “together we are stronger”, a principle dear to Louis Erard’s work—and are available at the same price: CHF 3,600.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

This new achievement is the result of dedicated energy. It stems from a meeting between Manuel Emch, CEO and artistic director of Louis Erard, and William Massena, founder of Massena LAB, former CEO of Antiquorum, and known collector. Launched in 2018, Massena LAB is an independent platform centred around watchmaking collaborations and experimentation. It is a little-used approach in the field of watchmaking, closer to the profession of an independent producer in the film industry, for example. And that is what this is all about: production or, more precisely, co-production.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

The Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB was designed to put on a show. Louis Erard provided the setting, set the stage and directed the theatre of operations, always with the same goal: to offer fine watchmaking quality at an affordable price. Massena LAB wrote the dialogue between a contemporary watch and a 19th century marine chronometer with its own guiding principle, as William Massena explains: “A successful collaboration is one that makes sense. Louis Erard allowed me to mix codes, to cite the classicism of a master watchmaker like Antide Janvier, and to democratise a style that’s usually reserved for wealthy collectors”.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

The meeting place is the regulator: a mechanical complication linked to the history of chronometry and to Louis Erard’s history. The reference to the marine chronometer results in an even more advanced search for readability than usual. The result is an unusually sophisticated dial for a watch in this price category.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

The dial is made up of two levels. The two flanges on the hour and seconds counters (at 12 and 6 o’clock) are rhodium-plated with circular satin finish, with centres in silver-plated opaline. The large central minute hand points towards the outer rhodium-plated flange with circular satin finish. The lower plate is rhodium- or gold-plated, with a grained finish to further increase the contrast with the counters and enhance the readability of the blued steel leaf hands. The polished steel case is fitted with a signature Massena LAB crown.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB

Other collaborations are still to come.

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA75
Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA75

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA75

Limited edition of 178 pieces
Recommended retail price: CHF 3,600

Movement

  • Automatic regulator,
  • Sellita SW266-1 calibre,
  • 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm,
  • 31 jewels,
  • 28,800 VpH (4Hz),
  • élaboré grade movement, meticulously decorated, special openworked oscillating weight with black lacquered Louis Erard symbol,
  • approx. 38 hours of power reserve

Functions

  • HMS
  • Hour hand in a counter at 12 o’clock, central minute hand, second hand in a counter at 6 o’clock

Case

  • Polished stainless steel,
  • Ø42 mm, lug width: 22 mm, lug to lug: 49.60 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm,
  • 3 pieces,
  • domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides,
  • movement visible through the transparent caseback,
  • water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft),
  • signature Massena LAB crown,
  • caseback engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 178”

Dial

  • External flange and double counters rhodium-plated with circular satin finish and diamond-cut corners,
  • 2N grained finish lower plate with opaline centre counters (matt silver), black transfers,
  • Louis Erard logo at 3 o’clock and Massena logo at 9 o’clock
  • Hands: Leaf-shaped hands in blued steel

Strap

  • Black grained calf leather with tone-on-tone stitching,
  • blue grained calf leather lining,
  • polished stainless steel pin buckle,
  • functional catch spring bars enabling the strap to be changed quickly
  • Dimensions: 22/20mm width, 80/115mm length

Collaboration

  • Watch developed in collaboration with Massena LAB in a limited edition of 178 pieces
Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA76
Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA76

Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Massena LAB ref. 85237AA76

Limited edition of 178 pieces
Recommended retail price: CHF 3,600

Movement

  • Automatic regulator, Sellita SW266-1 calibre,
  • 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm,
  • 31 jewels,
  • 28,800 VpH (4Hz),
  • élaboré grade movement,
  • meticulously decorated,
  • special openworked oscillating weight with black lacquered Louis Erard symbol,
  • approx. 38 hours of power reserve

Functions

  • HMS
  • Hour hand in a counter at 12 o’clock, central minute hand, second hand in a counter at 6 o’clock

Case

  • Polished stainless steel,
  • Ø42 mm, lug width: 22 mm, lug to lug: 49.60 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm,
  • 3 pieces,
  • domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides,
  • movement visible through the transparent caseback,
  • water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft),
  • signature Massena LAB crown,
  • caseback engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 178”

Dial

  • External flange and double counters rhodium-plated with circular satin finish and diamond-cut corners,
  • rhodium-plated grained finish lower plate with opaline centre counters (matt silver),
  • black transfers,
  • Louis Erard logo at 3 o’clock and Massena logo at 9 o’clock
  • Hands Leaf shaped hands in blued steel

Strap

  • Black grained calf leather with tone-on-tone stitching,
  • blue grained calf leather lining,
  • polished stainless steel pin buckle,
  • functional catch spring bars enabling the strap to be changed quickly
  • Dimensions: 22/20mm width, 80/115mm length

Collaboration

  • Watch developed in collaboration with Massena LAB in a limited edition of 178 pieces

ABOUT MASSENA LAB
Massena LAB, founded by noted watch collector and industry veteran William Massena, is a creative horological studio that designs, develops, and produces timepieces, often in collaboration with respected watchmakers from around the world. Massena LAB exists to be a reference point of horological culture and to play an integral part in its constant evolution, using elements of style from the past to enhance the future of watchmaking.
It aims to create and nurture a community of informed watch enthusiasts with a passion for novel timepieces from independent watchmakers. The “LAB” in Massena LAB is a combination of two words: “laboratory,” for our willingness to experiment and our embrace of new ideas, and “collaboration,” for our fruitful, long-standing relationships with our partner brands.

ABOUT LOUIS ERARD
Based in the Jura mountains, the birthplace of watchmaking, Louis Erard embodies the values of Swiss mechanics, the tradition that keeps its promises. Combining luxury, timelessness and elegance, this independent brand is renowned for its mechanical watches and, in particular, its iconic regulators. A collection on which the brand, founded by Mr. Louis Erard in 1929, built its reputation.
Today, continuing the work of its founder and honouring watchmaking tradition, the Maison is reinterpreting the codes in a contemporary language. Louis Erard continues to set itself apart from mass-market brands. Inspired by high-end watchmaking, the brand draws on its values to enhance its mechanical timepieces.

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