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Le Regulateur Louis Erard x Olivier Mosset

Le Regulateur Louis Erard x Olivier Mosset

January 31, 2024

Louis Erard breaks new ground, bringing its fine watchmaking to the world of contemporary art. A newcollaboration with a historic and rebellious figure in abstract art, Swiss artist Olivier Mosset. A black-on-black model with sparklinginlays. Limited edition of 178.

A manufacturer of fine mechanical time pieces. A contemporary artist, figure of 60's abstraction, gestures, objects, attitude. A meeting point between the two worlds lies somewhere between the Franches-Montagnes and Arizona,between Noirmont and Tucson. The result is more than a watch. An essay. A compendium. A few grams of polysemy, a bit of artist Olivier Mosset in a watch that strives not to become all art, but to keep telling the time.This watch is a frontier. On one side, the land of signs; on the other, the land of watchmaking. This watch is an invitation to cross this frontier, a journey. Of course, Olivier Mosset doesn't just make art, he's also a biker .

“Easy Rider” in the Jura. An artist inc“Watchland”. Everything is black: case, bracelet, hands. A pure work of art, with no labels, n clogos. Only the dial contrasts, decorated with silver glitter. The hands are batons, hour, minute, second, three times the same, same length, same width, same rounded ends. There's just one detail: the size of the hole that gives the direction, a minimalist reference, just enough to ensure that you don't lose the sense of reading altogether.

This watch is an abstraction. A minimalist geometric reinterpretation of the regulator, whose three hands-minute in the center, hour at the top, seconds at the bottom-are mechanically separated.

Normally, this improves precisionand legibility. In this case, though, it is rather a work of art.

The artist's codes have been translated into the watch's design. Geometric reduction. Chromatic reduction. Flat colour tints. It's all there.

Then comes the dial, which takes up another aspect of Olivier Mosset's work.The artist loves street culture, including motorbikes and cars, all of which have a place in his work. He adapts and presents them like sculptures. This watch evokes the look and feel of an automobile body with its metallic paint, black and glittering dial.

This collaboration was initiated by Manuel Emch, director of Louis Erard and a keen connoisseur of contemporary art, of which Olivier Mosset is a leading figure since his participation in the B.M.P.T group-founded in Paris in December 1966 by Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni.

Olivier Mosset had never designed an object, and certainly never a watch. But when Manuel Emch suggested this project, he let himself be drawn in, with amusement and a touch of sentiment. Afterall, he grew up in the Val-de-Ruz, in the watchmaking heartland of the canton of Neuchâtel, and his grandfather is linked to the history of Ébauches SA: "Time is a rather complex matter." For the rest, Olivier Mosset relies on his biker credentials: "What amuses me about watches is their accessory aspect - a watch is useless today. It reminds me of the scene in “Easy Rider”, when they've just bought their bikes and are about to leave, Peter Fonda takes off his watch and throws it away. "He adds, in conclusion: "It's in the collection that this collaboration makes sense.

Created as a work of art, each of the 178 timepieces comes with a red seal bearing the words "work of art-do not wear".

Two interchangeable bracelets complete the case, one signed by the artist. Shaking up the codes of watchmaking is the direction taken by Louis Erard through its artistic collaborations, which delight collectors and contemporary art lovers the world over.



Automatic regulator, SellitaSW266-1 calibre, 11½’’’, Ø25.60 mm, height: 5.60 mm, 31 jewels,28,800 VpH (4Hz), élaboré grade movement,meticulously decorated, special open worked oscillating weight with Louis Erard symbol, approx. 38 hours of power reserve


HMSHour hand at12 o'clock, central minute hand, second hand at 6 o'clock


Sand-blasted stainless steel with black PVD treatment, Ø42 mm, lug width: 22 mm, lug to lug:49.60 mm, thickness: 12.25 mm, 3 pieces, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatmenton both sides, movement visible through the transparent black caseback, water resistant up to apressure of 5 bars (50 m/165 ft), signature fir tree crown, caseback engraved with “Olivier Mosset x Louis Erard Limited Edition 1 of 178”


Shiny black lacquered dial inlaid with silver glitter


Satin-finish hour, minute and seconds hands with black PVD treatment


Two black Baranil calf leather bracelets with tone-on-tone stitching, black calf leather lining, sandblasted stainless steel pin buckle with black PVD treatment, functional catch spring barsenabling the strap to be changed quickly Handwritten signature of artist Olivier Mosseton one of the two straps


22/20mm width, 80/115mm length


Watch developed in collaboration with atelier Olivier Mosset in a limited edition of 178 pieces