A new space race is springing up… Humanity is returning to explore the heavens to the Moon, Mars and beyond. On the occasion of Watches & Wonders 2021, Louis Moinet presents a 1.2-million Swiss Francs set of 4 one-of-the-kind tourbillon watches paying tribute to four key episodes in the conquest of the Moon.
The four watches pay tribute to four key dates in the Moon race. First on the Moon – 1966 when the uncrewed Russian spacecraft Luna 9 made the first successful lunar landing. Man on the Moon – 1969 when Apollo 11 enabled humankind to set foot on the Moon for the first time. Around the Moon – 1973 with the Apollo 13 mission and its epic loop around the Moon. Last on the Moon – 1976 is a tribute to Russia’s spacecraft Luna 24 successful “soft landing”, the last to return samples from the moon for years (and until more recently).
Just like the other thematic set of watches presented by the brand on the occasion of Watches & Wonders 2021, the 8 Marvels of the World, the Moon race are 4 Tourbillon watches presented in 47mm cases and powered by the hand-wound calibre 35. Their dial and case have served as a canvas for artistic decoration and métiers d’art technique. One of the specificities of this set lies in the fact that the creations incorporate lunar meteorite and natural stones but also fragments from Moon Race spaceships (polyimide film or braided fibre). According to the brand, these “are sourced from an expert who has personally acquired them from astronauts themselves, their families or their entourage, as well as from reputable auctions.”
The Louis Moinet Moon Race set is presented in an elm burr travel trunk adorned with a silver-coloured Fleur de Lys pattern. Price is set at CHF 1,250,000 for the set of 4 watches. For more information, please visit www.louismoinet.com.
Quick facts: set of 4 watches – gold cases, 47mm diameter – water-resistant to 30m – hand-wound calibre 35 – hours, minutes, seconds, one-minute tourbillon, 4Hz frequency, 72-hour power reserve, 19 jewels – alligator strap and folding buckle – Elm burr travel trunk – CHF 1,250,000 for the set of 4 watches