Swiss luxury watch maker Louis Moinet is famous for using of extreme rare materials in their timepieces. Following this tradition, this new Tourbillon model contains the fossils of Mosasaurus, a giant lizard like marine reptile which existed around 70–65 million years ago. Its resemblance to Chinese dragon inspired Louis Moinet to create a brand new timepiece incorporated with the fossils of this aquatic lizard.
Authentic fossilised Mosasaurus teeth, like those first discovered in Maastricht in 1764, now decorate the body of the dragon engraved on the dial of this Louis Moinet Tourbillon, offered in a limited series of 12 pieces.
Engraving the Dragon requires more than 50 hours of work, and is done entirely by hand using a piece of 18K white gold. A particular fine jewellery technique – rarely applied to watchmaking – enables the alternation from charcoal-grey to polished gold, and brings the Dragon’s body to life. This is structured in a figure of eight, a number considered to be very lucky in Chinese culture. Through its ruby eyes, the Dragon watches the pearl of fire, represented in black jade in the centre of the watch.
The DRAGON Tourbillon is presented in an exceptional 18K rose gold case composed of 59 different components and equipped with the Louis Moinet signature crown guard. The latter invention consists of an independent stem integrated within a watertight system and held with a plate secured by four screws. It represents a major advantage in facilitating servicing, compared to traditionally soldered stems.
The view through the DRAGON Tourbillon display-back is almost as spectacular as the dial side, with the ‘octopus spring’ of the winding and setting mechanism taking centre stage. This ingenious component is effectively three springs in one – pull-out piece spring, lever spring and click spring – all radiating from the centre like the swirling legs of an octopus. The movement is engraved with Louis Moinet’s Côtes du Jura motif.
Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive tourbillon, winding mechanism with octopus spring visible through the back, lateral lever escapement, 21,600vib/h, Côtes du Jura motif, blued steel screws, 72-hour power-reserve
Hours, minutes, tourbillon
18K pink gold, original Louis Moinet® design, 59 elements, 47 mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Numbered, engraved sapphire back
Water-resistant to 30 metres
Body of dragon decorated with fossilised mosasaurus teeth fragments
Black jade elements
Tourbillon cage (1 r.p.m.) at 6 o’clock
Hand-stitched Louisiana alligator with 18k pink gold folding clasp
CHF 260,000/ USD 260,000/ € 229,000
Presentation box: Extra large Louis Moinet Book
Rarity: Limited Edition of 12 pieces