Limited-edition collaborations, a big trend in the watch industry at the moment, have been treating us to some of the most creative editions ever made, and because they’re limited, they’re highly collectible. Menlo Park jeweler Stephen Silver is the latest to seize the trend, introducing a pair of watches created in collaboration with Alain Silberstein and watchmaker Louis Erard. The collaboration, called the Diptych series, includes two pieces: the Stephen Silver x Alain Silberstein La Semaine watch, a variation of a design known in watch collector circles as the “Smiley,” to be produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces, priced at $4,590; and the Stephen Silver x Alain Silberstein for Louis Erard Le Régulateur, a limited series of 28 pieces, which will be sold alongside 28 pieces of the La Semaine edition in a special box set, priced at $8,888.
Interior designer turned watch designer Alain Silbertein’s style is instantly recognizable for its bold primary colors – yellow, red and blue – and geometric designs. In addition to producing his own watch line, he has previously collaborated with notable independents, including MB&F and Romain Jerome, in addition to Louis Erard.
Le Régulateur is dominated by a large white arrow hand for the minutes, a red arrow in a separate subdial for the hours, and a yellow serpentine hand for the small seconds. La Semaine, with its large white minute hand, red-arrow minute hand and yellow central seconds hand, is accompanied by a unique take on the calendar function. Rather than traditional dates, the window presents playful smileys – small, stylized faces symbolizing different moods – from gray on Monday (time to go back to work) to radiant on Sunday (time to play or relax). The smiley moods on display be tailored to the wearer’s schedule. The iridescent blue minute track on both watches is inspired by the many exceptional sapphire gemstones in the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry collection. The Stephen Silver logo engraved on the sapphire crystal caseback.The 40mm cases are titanium, and they are water resistant to 100 meters.