The remarkable discovery and acquisition of the Compteur de Tièrces, believed to be one of the first-ever chronographs, ignited a relentless commitment from Louis Moinet’s owner Jean-Marie Schaller to uphold the legacy, driving Les Ateliers Louis Moinet in St-Blaise to craft timepieces befitting the esteemed watchmaker’s name. With each release produced in limited quantities or as unique pieces, Louis Moinet’s creations often incorporate rare and unconventional materials. The latest revelation, the Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon,” from the Cosmic Art collection, places a rare lunar meteorite at its heart.
The newly unveiled Louis Moinet Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon” heralds the first of a triumvirate in the Jules Verne Tourbillon series. The watch is presented in a 40.70mm rose gold case and boasts graceful contours, alternating polished and satin textures. A sizeable fluted crown and openworked lugs add to the allure. The dial emerges as a true spectacle, housing an extraterrestrial object with a marble-like structure at its core, set against a backdrop of peripheral guilloché swirls adorned with captivating green, translucent varnish. An off-centred flying tourbillon graces the scene, a bridge connecting watchmaking heritage to this modern expression. Time is elegantly conveyed through the luminescent-treated, faceted, and skeletonised hour and minute hands. Arrowhead-shaped, faceted hour indices of varying sizes harmonise with the peripherally positioned subtle minute ring.
The Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon” derives its power from the hand-wound LM135 movement – the same as found in the Cosmopolis – featuring a double barrel configuration where one barrel rests inverted over the other. This synchronised release of energy endows the timepiece with a 96-hour power reserve. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour and built with 26 jewels, the calibre embodies precision and artistry. The watch is worn on a black alligator strap, secured by a folding clasp.
The Jules Verne Tourbillon collection embraces customisation, and the “To the Moon” edition is no exception. This edition is limited to just eight; prospective owners are invited to personally select their lunar meteorite piece from the brand’s website. Notably, three out of the eight allocations have already been claimed at the time of writing. Price upon request. For further insights, please explore www.louismontet.com.