One of the new introductions of Louis Erard at Baselworld 2012 was the latest timepiece of the Excellence Collection with small seconds and power reserve, a module developed by Louis Erard that works in conjunction with the hand-wound ETA 7001 RM 10 movement.
The Small Seconds Power Reserve comes either in a limited edition of 80 pieces in 18k rose gold, or unlimited in steel. I had the pleasure of seeing both models at Baselworld, and the rose gold really gives a very warm yet elegant impression. It’s possibly the perfect watch to wear dressed in a suit, while the steel version has a bit of a classic appearance combined with a sporty more youthful feeling.
The clean dial layout increases legibility and ease on the eyes; the classic black roman numerals on the white dial reminds me of the elegance of an old Patek Philippe timepieces.
The 40 mm case is more than adequate in size, even today when many people like to wear large watches. The watch is water-resistant to 165 feet, enough to shower or swim while wearing it. Although, I personally wouldn’t submerge a watch that has a leather strap.
Louis Erard is expressing its vocations as a traditional watch “manufacture” developing modules such as the power reserve with exclusive in-house complications. Last but not least, the blued hands on the Small Seconds Power Reserve are to me a very special touch.