Why is the cosmic world so important to Louis Moinet?
Louis Moinet invented the chronograph in 1816, to meet the needs of his astronomical observations. Indeed, this hitherto unknown instrument was associated with the unit of measurement of its astronomical telescope: the third, which corresponds to the 60th of a second.
What does “Supermoon” mean?
A Super Moon designates a full moon or a new moon corresponding to a minimum distance from the satellite to the Earth. This rare phenomenon occurred on November 14, 2016, with the Moon 356,511 km from the center of the Earth, the closest occurrence since 1948. It won’t be closer until 2034.
Super Moon, a character creation
This modern timepiece aims to combine the visionary talent of the inventor of the chronograph and high frequency with contemporary architectural work. Here are the essential elements:
Super Moon © Louis Moinet
The dial – a witness to the conquest of space
The dial represents the first extraterrestrial view of the Moon, as Apollo 8 shared with us in 1968. The origin of the engraving comes from a hammering done by hand, allowing the lunar surface to be well contrasted . The finish has two tones, light and dark, because a light brushing was carried out after the nickel plating of the dial. It presents an openwork between 8 and 12 o’clock, in order to discover each beat of its exclusive caliber. This opening releases the escapement, clocked at 28,800 vib./hour, as well as the off-centered seconds hand, all of which is arranged to allow the eye to lose none of the animation of SUPER MOON.
Super Moon © Louis Moinet
The Moon – a real lunar meteorite fragment
Louis Moinet exclusively offers real fragments of the Moon. There are only 371 lunar meteorites recorded worldwide, and it is an extremely rare and valuable material. This meteorite traveled more than 400,000 kilometers through interstellar space before being captured by Earth’s gravity and ending up in the Desert of Dhofar, in the Sultanate of Oman. Today, it has been transformed into an object of art. First sculpted by the expert Daniel Haas, it was then suspended above the void and protected by an anodized aluminum capsule whose base is tinted in shiny black, to give contrast to the star of the night. .
Moon Fragments © Louis Moinet
The index – light & radiance
An essential stylistic element in this creation, the index benefits from extremely sophisticated manufacturing. Each index is made in three sections of different geometry, to make the light dance. Its flank has a diamond-cut and satin-brushed part, to bring the shine to the depths of the dial. The index is rhodium-plated, and hosts white lacquer in its center. The tour de force was to keep them suspended above the void, with the clear desire to create a strong perspective. This artisanal virtuosity makes it possible to connect them to a central ring as well as to the flange.
The automatic caliber – function & style
The finishing of the movement draws on the noble traditions of fine watchmaking: Côtes de Genève, diamond chamfering, circle wheels, perlage. The sapphire caseback reveals the movements of the rotor mounted on ball bearings. The Clou de Paris dear to Louis Moinet in the 19th century has been reinterpreted in a concentric version, giving an impression of movement.
The Neo case – precursor in the watchmaking world
The Super Moon case has been christened Neo, as its new technical solutions have made it possible to create an unprecedented silhouette in watchmaking. Everything is built around two vertical bridges that cross the piece to accommodate the bracelet at each end of their openwork lugs. These bridges surround the container of the movement, dominated by the six-screw bezel, one of Louis Moinet’s hallmarks.