It’s not just colorful dials that are having a moment, we’re also seeing different textures and materials brought into play, often to incredible effect. ‘Exotic’ materials have long been used to craft watch dials, from meteorite to all manner of stone (I’m particularly fond of Piaget’s use of stone over the decades). Unfortunately, they are often found at price points beyond reach for most of us. This week, Louis Erard is showcasing three new dials within their Excellence Régulateur collection that are made of Aventurine, Lapis-Lazuli and Malachite. Each priced around $3k.
The trio of watches will be limited to just 99 examples of each dial type, and given their material, no two will be exactly alike. The dials will live in the same steel case seen elsewhere in the Excellence Régulateur, which is 42mm in diameter with a lug to lug measurement of 49.6mm. Using a Sellita SW266 within, the total thickness of the case is 12.25mm. This is of course their classic regulator, which places the hour indication at 12 o’clock, the running seconds at 6 o’clock, and a large ‘fir tree’ hand indicating the minutes from the dial’s center.