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Louis Erard - Excellence Guilloché Main II

Louis Erard presented the new Excellence Guilloché Main II ref. 34237AA95 a 99-piece limited edition with a price of CHF3,900
Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Swiss watchmaker Louis Erard keeps exploring the world of traditional métiers d’art applied to watchmaking with the new Excellence Guilloché Main II, a 99-piece limited edition that celebrates the art of guilloché.

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

This ancient decorative technique was introduced in the 16th century and used with soft materials such as ivory and wood. In the 18th century Abraham-Louis Breguet was the first to introduce guilloché carving for watch dials. Receptive patterns were engraved on the dial plate using a manual lathe. Not just decorative, these patterns also offered the advantage of suppressing the reflection of light on metal dial plates.

After the checked pattern recreating a trompe-l'oeil effect of the Excellence Guilloché Main released in 2021 (you can read about it here), Louis Erard is reinterpreting again the art of guilloché with a new, original pattern: a large diamond, opened out like perspective, black flat spaces and lines engraved in the metal. 

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Each dial of the Excellence Guilloché Main II is manufactured by the dial maker Fehr in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The process takes several hours of work and is performed always by the same artisan.

The pattern is carried out on a manual guilloché rose engine lathe: a century-old machine made of cams, feelers, cranks and chisels. 

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II
A manual lathe with cams determines the designs of the guilloché pattern, while the hand guides the chisel.

For this dial, the engineers had to invent and manufacture new cams (large metal stencils that the lathe translates into a design and scales down to the scale of the dial) to achieve this unique contemporary design.

The depth effect is reinforced by the black varnish, used to cover the dial before the guilloché, and the final rhodium plating that gives a silver patina to the brass exposed by the chisel.

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Well protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, the dial is completed by the signature fir tree hands in blued steel.  

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

The movement of choice is the automatic Sellita SW261-1 beating at the frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and offering 38 hours of power reserve. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback engraved with “Limited Edition 1 of 99”, it features a special openworked oscillating weight with a black lacquered Louis Erard symbol. 

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Water resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (approximately 50 metres / 165 feet) and matched to a black grained calf leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching, the Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II ref. 34237AA95  is a limited series of just 99 pieces at the price of CHF 3,900. louiserard.com

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

Louis Erard Excellence Guilloché Main II

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Time and Watches | The watch blog: Louis Erard - Excellence Guilloché Main II
Louis Erard - Excellence Guilloché Main II
Louis Erard presented the new Excellence Guilloché Main II ref. 34237AA95 a 99-piece limited edition with a price of CHF3,900
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