Louis Erard and Konstantin Chaykin have collaborated to create a unique timepiece that features a large round eye as the hour indicator. The inspiration for this design comes from Konstantin Chaykin's interest in Halloween-themed monsters, particularly the one-eyed Slavic character called Likho.
The watch also features a disc with pointed teeth at the small second at six o'clock, which resembles the devouring mouth of an ogre. The minute hand completes the creature's appearance, crossing the dial and giving it "two hands turning in a circle." Additionally, the watchmaker has played with specific finger combinations to give the watch the appearance of an arrow.
The meaning behind the design is left up to interpretation. This watch is an example of cross-inspiration from various sources, including Francisco Goya's Saturn devouring one of his sons and Stephen King's The Langoliers. Overall, this watch is a unique and interesting creation that blends watchmaking and art to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece.
Model: Le Régulateur Louis Erard x Konstantin Chaykin 178 pieces Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds Case: Polished stainless steel, Ø39mm, lug width: 20mm, lug to lug: 45.90mm, thickness: 12.82mm Material: Stainless Steel Caseback: movement visible through the transparent caseback Glass: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides Dimensions: 42mm Dial: Shiny purple hour-circle with logos transferred in white (Louis Erard at 6 o'clock and Konstantin Chaykin at 12 o'clock), silver lower plate with sunray wave pattern, anthracite circular satin-finished hour flange with white transfers, shiny red seconds flange Lume: No Caliber: Sellita SW266-1 Automatic Power Reserve: 38 Hours Water Resistance: 5 Bar/50M Bracelet/Strap: “Deep” blue calf nubuck leather with tone-on-tone stitching, functional catch spring bars enabling the strap to be changed quickly Manufactured: Switzerland
It's fascinating to see how Louis Erard and Konstantin Chaykin have combined their inspirations to create such a unique timepiece. The use of the Likho character as the hour indicator is a bold and creative choice, and the inclusion of the pointed teeth disc and the minute hand completing the creature's appearance adds to the watch's overall aesthetic.