Jean-Marie Schaller created Les Ateliers Louis Moinet in 2004 to honour the memory of Louis Moinet (1768-1853): the inventor of the world’s first chronograph and the first high-frequency watch (certified by two Guinness World Records™). Ever since, the independent firm has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the Louis Moinet’s legacy, harnessing the same creative spirit that propelled Moinet himself to greatness. Under the watchful eye of Schaller, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet produces mechanical timepieces as either a one-of-a-kind pièce unique or as part of a strictly limited series. Continuing the inventive and eccentric legacy of the man behind the name, Louis Moinet’s creations often make use of unusual and rare components, such as extraterrestrial meteorites or prehistorical materials.
ASTRONEF propels us into the exclusive world of uncompromising modern watchmaking. The ASTRONEF mechanism required more than three years of research. Today, one can safely state that ASTRONEF is one of the most important superwatches of the decade. ASTRONEF showcases recently introduced technology involving two tourbillons rotating in opposite directions at high speed. They cross paths 18 times per hour (every 3 minutes and 20 seconds) and are built on two different levels. This gives life to a captivating animation, which unfolds before the wondering gaze. In all, six distinct elements are in motion: two satellite tourbillons rotating around the dial, as well as their two cages spinning on their axes and their two counterweights in 18K gold. The curved crystal of ASTRONEF reveals the powerful mechanism of which the power is accentuated by the lightness of its gold frame and sapphire container. This maximum transparency enables observers to admire a unique sight.
The MEMORIS SPIRIT 40mm collection is an era-defining release for Les Ateliers Louis Moinet. It straddles the divide between truly exclusive Haute Horlogerie and everyday wearability. Staying true to the Louis Moinet core values while turning new eyes towards the maison’s efforts is no mean feat. By completely reshaping the case design, creating a glittering sculpture of sapphire and ultra-light titanium (weighing in at only 18 grams) in the process, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet has perfectly set the stage for the communication of its legacy. The chronograph complication: one of the industry’s most well-known and beloved mechanisms, is presented here beneath a panoramic crystal that showcases every hand-finished component and the interplay of light thereon. This ethereal display is underlined by apparently-floating counters that seem to hover just above the mechanism. The magic of the chronograph is fully visible on the dial side.
TIME TO RACE
Available in three colorways, Rosso Corsa, Racing Green and Bleu de France, each TIME TO RACE chronograph will be unique. Each client must choose a one or two digit “lucky number", which will be prominently displayed on the time dial at six o’clock. The star of the show? The dial-side chronograph mechanism that places Louis Moinet’s finest creation and greatest contribution to horology front and center of this piece. Visible from all angles beneath the highly technical panoramic sapphire crystal, the chronograph is never more at home than on the dial of a motor-racing inspired timepiece. This ingenious and original design has given rise to a new type of inner bezel ring, dissociated from the crystal. It also makes it possible to combine two different readings of short-time measurements: a tachymeter scale and a 60-second display.
The TEMPOGRAPH SPIRIT in 40mm is the perfect time-only complement to the current direction of Les Ateliers Louis Moinet. Clean and clear, the display utilizes an uncommon 20-second retrograde indication. This novel way of counting the passing seconds results in an endlessly engaging animation, drawing the eye back to the dial again and again. The importance of this visual concept is underpinned by the panoramic sapphire that comprises almost half the watch’s profile. It is a quintessentially modern element, employed sympathetically to draw attention to the traditional handcrafts displayed within. The left-hand side of the dial is dominated by the mechanism itself, showcasing the artisanal mastery for which Les Ateliers Louis Moinet is, and always has, been known.