Louis Moinet City Limited Editions – Mecanograph New York & Mecanograph Doha

Swiss luxury watch maker Louis Moinet presents Mecanograph New York and Mecanograph Doha, the first two models from Mecanograph City Limited Editions.

Louis Moinet Mecanograph New York
New York is often considered to be “the capital of the world”. It has a significant impact in all fields, whether world trade, the media, the arts, fashion, showbiz, technology, research or education. It is the biggest city in the United States of America with more than 8 million inhabitants and is also one of the most cosmopolitan metropolises in the world.

 

This limited edition Mecanograph pays tribute to the city of skyscrapers. Hand engraving combines line engraving with a special, secret technique to produce clearly pronounced embossing. This is important for recreating the atmosphere of New York, with its distinctive urban landscape. The central element is the One World Trade Center, the country’s biggest skyscraper at 541 metres high, spire included. It was chosen because it symbolises New York’s revival. Other emblematic skyscrapers are easy to recognise like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, which were both the tallest in the world when built in 1930. The famous Brooklyn Bridge, which dates back to 1883 and spans the East River, is also represented.

Hand engraving takes more than twenty hours of work, with attention particularly devoted to the finishing touches: the depth of the satiny lines, the use of light between matt and shine in harmony with the darker patina once inlaid, which gives the whole a metallic look inspired by the city.

Extraordinary New York meteorite

Bolstered by working with Luc Labenne, the famous meteorite hunter, Louis Moinet presents a watchmaking exclusive with these fragments of the legendary New York meteorite, carefully set into the glossy-blue, star-studded New York City skyline.

This ferrous meteorite was bought in 1965 in the port of New York from the captain of a fishing boat, who we can suppose obtained it from an Inuit. The meteorite is the only one to have been officially given the name New York, as confirmed by the Meteoritical Society.

Technical details

Features and functions
Hours & Minutes
Running seconds, suspended at 9 o’clock

Dial & Hands
12 – 6 o’clock : New York hand engravings, New York meteorite carefully set into the glossy-blue, star-studded New York City skyline.
6 – 12 o’clock : visible mechanism
“Gouttes de Rosée”® (dewdrop) design, rhodium or gold-plated

Movement and finishing
Mechanical self-winding composed of 182 parts
Calibre LM31, developed and manufacture-made by Louis Moinet and Concepto
Winding: Self-winding
Oscillations: 28,800 vph (8 V/S, 8 vibrations per second)
Frequency: 4 Hz
Lines: 13 ¼
Power reserve: 48 hours at maximum wind
Jewels: 26
Balance: Glucydur
Rotor: Mounted on high-tech ceramic ball bearings featuring a “Côtes du Jura”® design

Case and strap
Case: Original Louis Moinet® design featuring six-screw bezel
Materials: Grade 5 titanium with polished and matt finishing
5N 18K rose gold, polished finishing
Diameter: 43.50 mm
Thickness: 15.60 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Case-back: Equipped with 7 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet symbols
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with anti-glare treatment on both sides
Crown guard: Patent pending
Width between lugs: 24mm
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with alligator leather lining
Buckle: Double folding clasp in 316L stainless steel

Presentation case
Louis Moinet book, hand-written guarantee

Limited Editions
LM-31.20.NY: 60 watches (Grade 5 titanium)
LM-31.50.NY; 60 watches (5N 18K rose gold)

Louis Moinet Mecanograph Doha
Doha is the capital city of Qatar and its economic centre. Situated on the Persian Gulf, it is considered to be one of the emerging capitals of the Gulf region, thanks to its breathtaking urban landscape. The city has become extremely important over the past few years, internationally speaking. It is at the foot of a cliff, a long avenue running parallel to the sea over 7 kilometres that WestBay came into being. A symbol of Qatar’s ambitions, its dynamic architecture is the fruit of the work of the best designers from around the world.

Today, Doha is part of the international architectural scene thanks to unique town planning. The town has tripled since the end of the 1990’s. Its glass buildings with their spectacular metallic structures reflect the aspirations of Qatar.

Hand engraving combines line engraving with a special, secret technique to create clearly pronounced embossing. This is important for recreating the atmosphere of Doha, with its distinctive urban landscape. The high urban towers of WestBay are the linchpins of the city, frequently exceeding 50 floors. This highly populated town is one of a kind in the world, and has generated an incredible image typically characteristic of Doha.

The hand engraving takes more than twenty hours of work and attention is particularly devoted to the finishing touches: the depth of the satiny lines, the use of light between matt and shine in harmony with the darker patina once inlaid, which gives the piece its vibrant city look.

Extraordinary meteorite QATAR 001
Bolstered by working with Luc Labenne, the famous meteorite hunter, Louis Moinet presents a watchmaking exclusive with these fragments of the legendary meteorite QATAR 001, finely inlaid into the glossy-dark, star-studded Doha skyline.

QATAR 001 is the one and only meteorite ever found in Qatar, and its official name has been confirmed by the Meteoritical Society. It originated from the asteroid belt situated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and travelled more than 260 million kilometres before landing in the area of Jariyan al Batnah.

Luc Labenne, the highly-regarded meteorite hunter of international renown, says of it: “It is a chondrite type H5, very rich in metal and showing visible chondrules – distinctive round grains.”This is a world first and an exclusive model, since no other meteorite has ever been found in Qatar. Louis Moinet has acquired this precious meteorite to turn it into horological art.

Technical details

Features and functions
Hours & Minutes
Running seconds, suspended at 9 o’clock

Dial & Hands
12 – 6 o’clock: Doha hand engravings, QATAR 001 meteorite finely inlaid into the glossy-dark, star-studded Doha skyline
6 – 12 o’clock: visible mechanism
“Gouttes de Rosée”® (dewdrop) design, rhodium or gold-plated

Movement and finishing
Mechanical self-winding composed of 182 parts
Calibre LM31, developed and manufacture-made by Louis Moinet and Concepto
Winding: Self-winding
Oscillations: 28,800 vph (8 V/S, 8 vibrations per second)
Frequency: 4 Hz
Lines: 13 ¼
Power reserve: 48 hours at maximum wind
Jewels: 26
Balance: Glucydur
Rotor: Mounted on high-tech ceramic ball bearings featuring a “Côtes du Jura”® design

Case and strap
Case: Original Louis Moinet® design featuring six-screw bezel
Materials: Grade 5 titanium with polished and matt finishing
5N 18K rose gold, polished finishing
Diameter: 43.50 mm
Thickness: 15.60 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Case-back: Equipped with 7 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet symbols
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with anti-glare treatment on both sides
Crown guard: Patent pending
Width between lugs: 24mm
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with alligator leather lining
Buckle: Double folding clasp in 316L stainless steel

Presentation case
Louis Moinet book, hand-written guarantee

Limited Editions
LM-31.20.6Q: 60 watches (Grade 5 titanium)
LM-31.50.6Q: 60 watches (5N 18K rose gold)
ABOUT MECANOGRAPH
The MECANOGRAPH was created in tribute to Louis Moinet, a leading watch and clockmaker of the 19th century and president of the Paris chronometrical society. MECANOGRAPH innovates in terms of the technology of self-winding watches, by updating an historical operating system. Within this distinctive and rare mechanism, small and large pawls work together with the automatic winding gear train. In addition to its spectacularly attractive appearance, it offers the advantages of a bidirectional winding system.

Calibre LM31 was entirely conceived and crafted by Louis Moinet and Concepto. It is composed of 182 different elements and displays chronometer-worthy precision, as is confirmed by its COSC certificate. Nonetheless, its most remarkable characteristic is the way in which it reveals the entire regulating organ, as well as the escapement and its gear train, highlighted by the anthracite coating on the mainplate and bridges.

One of the main challenges was to insert the seconds hand within this magnificent mechanical ensemble. This has been done by means of a distinctively shaped applique and a double read-off hand, thereby affording a new vision of time.

Viewed from the back, the balance with screws shows a different and original face compared with the front view. It is fitted within a set of anthracite-coloured bridges adorned with “Côtes du Jura”® and enhanced with 26 jewels made using the Verneuil process and presented through openings, as well as by blued steel screws.

To achieve its chronometer-level precision, the manufacture-made movement LM31 vibrates 8 times a second, meaning 28,800 vibrations per hour. It is endowed with a 48-hour power reserve and the rotor is mounted on a high-tech ceramic ball bearing mechanism.

This exceptional movement asserts its originality through the strong character of its exterior.

The external minute track as well as a hand-engraved half-dial contribute to forging the elegant spirit of this watch with its strong personality. The time is read off on hands designed by Louis Moinet and nicknamed “Gouttes de Rosée”® (for their dewdrop design).

The case is made either from grade 5 titanium with polished and satin-brushed finishing or from 5N 18K rose gold. The design echoes the Louis Moinet signature codes, meaning an upper six-screw bezel and its unique interchangeable crown tube system for which an invention patent has been filed.

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