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Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Moon Phase Chronograph Gold Watch

by Adrian Herscovici  

Enlightened, Haute and Extraordinary

Louis Erard WatchesThe Excellence collection from Louis Erard was introduced on the 80th anniversary of the company in 2011. To ensure this new collection remained faithful to the brand’s values, Louis Erard followed this proven recipe: strive to design timeless classics, stay committed to the traditions of haute horology and offer the brand’s watches at affordable prices – in all, a rare triad among Swiss mechanical watchmakers.

One jewel in the Excellence collection is Reference 80 231 OR01, a chronograph with a triple calendar, GMT and moon phase housed in a rose gold case. At the heart of the watch is a Swiss made ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with 25 jewels, an Etachron regulator and a stop-second mechanism. The assembly of the 7751 supports an orderly design by overlapping the complications on the sub-dials.

Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Chronograph
Louis Erard 80231OR01 Excellence Chronograph
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The chronograph is comprised of a central seconds hand, a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock and 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock. The sub-dial at 9 o’clock is home to the constant seconds register and the GMT function, which features a hand with an arrowhead pointing to a corresponding 24-hour scale.

Three separate apertures within the other two sub-dials display the day, date and moon phase. The pointer-date hand stems from the central pivot and has a crescent shaped tip that edges the date printed on the rehaut. (Quick corrections of the day, date and month are easily managed with inset pushers on the side of the case.)

On the dial, thin Roman numerals, some of which are pruned by the sub-dials, allow the dial to remain bright and open. The Romans also create an air of antiquity, as do the blued hands. Recessed sub-dials also contribute to the well-ordered design. The dial is a silvered white and covered by a large sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.

The exquisite polished case is made of a full 70 g of 18k rose gold and measures 42 mm in diameter; its design is marked by simplicity, as any fine dress watch should be. The lugs, too, have no extraneous parts and jut purposefully from the case to accommodate the genuine crocodile leather strap, which has an 18k rose gold pin buckle. The caseback, also in rose gold, is secured by four screws and decorated with the emblem “LE” embossed in a script font along with the commemorative year “1931″.

Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Moon Phase Chronograph 24-Hour 18k Rose Gold Watch

Key Features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic calibre movement
  • Round 18k rose gold case, diameter 42 mm, decorated caseback
  • Silver toned dial, day and date window at 12 o’clock
  • Chronograph function, moon phases at 6 o’clock
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Genuine brown crocodile-pattern leather band with 18k rose gold pin buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Like others in the Excellence collection, this watch has both classic and modern attributes. Its appearance, its inner workings and its case are characteristic of watches found in the upper echelon of Swiss made timepieces, but it remains available at a relatively modest price. Louis Erard is firmly committed to this principle of mixing classic design with haute horology and affordability. Contact an authorized dealer today for further details about this extraordinary gold timepiece.

Gevril Group US Agent for Louis Erard Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US agent for Louis Erard Watches. Contact Gevril Group by email or call 845-425-9882.

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