AstroMoon by Louis Moinet
by Abdon FLORES
The new AstroMoon chronographer by Louis Moinet is an homage to the cosmos. Not many time pieces have on their structures meteorite fragments to enhance its virtue. Actually, Louis Moinet is the only watchmaking brand offering meteorites from both the Moon and Mars in its creations. This might be one of the main features Louis Moinet shows on this moon face tourbillon chronograph limited to 28 pieces.
It must be remembered that Mr. Moinet was a contemporary of Jules Verne, so the inspiration for this moon phase complication comes from far away in time. It is positioned at 6 o’clock, having in the center of the rotating disc a couple of fragments of lunar meteorite that face one another so to symbolize both faces of the moon. The complication has been made as expansive as possible so that it can be admired in its entirety.
The watch is adorned by what has become Louis Moinet’s signature style: dew-drop hands, a large tourbillon cage with curved bridges, a chronograph hand tipped by a star, and pushers that draw inspiration directly from the Compteur de Tierces, the first chronograph in history – invented by Louis Moinet in 1816.
The dial is made of aventurine, a deep blue material that perfectly emulates the starry sky. To preserve that deep tranquility, the four screws on the tourbillon bridges and the chronograph counter are blue-tinted, as are their second and minute markers. The case has a 46.5 mm format made on white gold or rose gold. The hand-wound movement is based on a Venus calibre, and has a 50 hour power reserve. Special edition limited to 28 watches.
More info: www.louismoinet.com