The watch one wears makes a personal statement on the style, taste and personality of the wearer. To stay unique, one has to dress and select accesories to stand out. And Louis Moinet creations often make use of unusual materials, such as fossils and meteorites, combined with bespoke fine watchmaking complications in a unique creative approach.
The brand’s core values are creativity, exclusivity, art and design. Their new creation, Memoris, is the first educational chronograph in the history of watchmaking as it provides time measurement and allows you to understand how it works, too. The piece has been designed to be both technical and fun, displaying all the choreography of its chronograph on the dial side.
“Memoris Red Eclipse” has become Louis Moinet’s anthology timepiece, celebrating the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph – a very limited edition of twelve fully hand-engraved watches.
The chronograph is neither a skeleton nor an additional module: rather, the all-new movement has been designed for and around it – to the extent that Louis Moinet has opted to locate the automatic movement’s time mechanism to the rear of the piece, beneath the plate.
This top prestige version features a bespoke case, fully hand-engraved and depicting the theme of the lunar eclipse. All the movement’s finishes are also hand-crafted using authentic, traditional Fine Watchmaking processes.
The bevelling brings the mechanism to life, on a mysterious starry background. This is crafted using a traditional rose engine, a tool that despite being all of two hundred years old, has just found a new application, thanks to Memoris. The unique process creates a spectacular effect that makes the stars twinkle in myriad ways, depending on the angle at which they are viewed.
Last year marked the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph in 1816, by Louis Moinet himself. His Compteur de Tierces is unanimously attested as the first chronograph in history, as well as being the pioneer of high frequency, with 216,000 vibrations per hour.
Celebrations aptly took place with watch connoisseurs and friends of the Neuchâtel Observatory, which is a major piece of cultural heritage. Originally known as the Observatoire Astronomique et Chronométrique, it was built in 1858, ten years after Louis Moinet published his now legendary Traité d’Horlogerie.
There, Louis Moinet unveiled an exclusive programme retracing the origins and development of the chronograph, one of the greatest complications in Haute Horlogerie for exactly two hundred years now.
And in tribute to the astronomical observations of Louis Moinet, “Red Eclipse” was officially unveiled. The star-studded pedigree of “Red Eclipse” is denoted by a red moon in gold-leaf enamel on its oscillating weight, together with handcrafted engravings on its bridges and bezel.
The exceptional timepiece is also qualified for the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix in the Chronograph category.