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. In fact, this previously unknown instrument was linked to the unit of measure used in its astronomical telescope: the third, which corresponds to 60ths of a second.
What does “supermoon” mean?
A supermoon denotes a full moon or a new moon corresponding to a minimum distance of the satellite from the earth. This rare phenomenon occurred on November 14, 2016, when the moon was 356,511 km from the center of the earth, the closest event since 1948. It will not 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:
supermoon ©Louis Moinet
The dial – a witness to the conquest of space
The dial represents the first extraterrestrial view of the moon, as reported to us by Apollo 8 in 1968. The origin of the engraving comes from a hammering done by hand, which allows the lunar surface to be well contrasted. The finish is two-tone, light and dark, due to a light brushing after the dial was nickel-plated. Between 8 and 12 o’clock, it presents an openwork movement to discover every beat of its exclusive calibre. This opening reveals the escapement, which beats at 28,800 vph, as well as the off-centre seconds hand, all positioned so that the eye doesn’t lose any of the animation of SUPER MOON.
supermoon ©Louis Moinet
The moon – a real lunar meteorite fragment
Louis Moinet only offers real moon fragments. There are only 371 recorded lunar meteorites worldwide and it is extremely rare and valuable material. This meteorite traveled more than 400,000 kilometers through interstellar space before being caught by Earth’s gravity and landing in the desert of Dhofar in the Sultanate of Oman. Today it has been transformed into an art object. First sculpted by expert Daniel Haas, it was then suspended over the void and protected by an anodized aluminum capsule, the base of which is tinted a gloss black to contrast with the night’s star.
moon fragments ©Louis Moinet
The index – light & radiance
As a key stylistic element of this creation, the index benefits from an extremely sophisticated manufacturing process. Each index consists of three sections with different geometry to make the light dance. Its flank has a diamond-cut and satin-finished part to bring the shine to the depths of the dial. The index is rhodium-plated and has a white lacquered center. The masterstroke was letting her hover over nothing with a clear desire to create a strong perspective. This craftsmanship makes it possible to connect them to both a central ring and the flange.
The automatic caliber – function & style
The finishing of the movement takes up the noble traditions of Haute Horlogerie: Côtes de Genève, diamond cut, circular wheels, perlage. The case back made of sapphire crystal gives a clear view of the movements of the ball-bearing rotor. The Clou de Paris, dear to Louis Moinet in the 19th century, has been reinterpreted in a concentric version that gives an impression of movement.
The Neo case – a pioneer in the world of watches
The Super Moon case has been christened Neo because its new technical solutions have made it possible to create an unprecedented silhouette in watchmaking. Everything is built around two vertical bridges that traverse the piece to receive the bracelet at each end of their openwork lugs. These bridges surround the movement case, which is dominated by the six-screw bezel, one of Louis Moinet’s hallmarks.