Swiss luxury watch atelier Louis Moinet is continuing to plough the same creative furrow by unveiling Derrick Gaz, a brand new complication timepiece that incorporates high precision techniques, traditional watchmaking art and the great tradition of automatons. The piece is intended to be both technical and fun. Based on an attentive observation of the traditional gas extraction systems of the nineteenth century, it is fitted with an expansive tourbillon, one of Louis Moinet’s distinctive hallmarks.
The gas derrick rises up majestically on the left-hand side of the timepiece. This large openwork structure is made from 18-carat gold, a perfect reproduction in every detail of the derricks dedicated to underground exploration. Similarly, in the middle there is a replica of a drill – an endless screw that is also in endless movement on the Derrick Gaz, rotating about its axis once every 2.5 seconds. And so the gas begins its journey along the pipeline, symbolized by the Tourbillon Bridge, suitably curved in exactly the right tubular shape to maintain the distinctive aesthetic appearance of the timepiece. The same type of bridge is also to be found beneath the regulator system for the hours and minutes.
The gas pipeline leads to the valve handle. Obviously, this is what controls the flow of fuel on a real-life gas network. With the same desire for consistency, Louis Moinet has connected it directly to the crown: when the timepiece is wound by hand, the valve handle turns too, as if it were regulating the supply of energy to the Derrick Gaz.
The pipeline continues its path to a white dial: the gas derrick’s manometer serves as the Power Reserve indicator for the Derrick Gaz. Everything on it – down to the tiniest details, including the shape, type, proportions and design of the hand –is a faithful reproduction of the real manometers to be found on gas networks. The journey comes to a natural close at 3 o’clock, where the gas is stored in a tank made from fully polished 316L steel.
The Derrick Gaz will feature many of Louis Moinet’s distinctive style marks: luminous Dewdrop hands, a 255-part Louis Moinet LM42 movement decorated with wave-pattern Geneva Stripes, sunray brushing and pearling, a Fleur-de-Lys applique, and a patented 47mm Louis Moinet case. The dial will also be decorated with a coloured, lacquered Clou de Paris concentric pattern – a first in Louis Moinet collections.
The timepiece boasts a three-day power reserve and will be available in two exclusive limited editions of 28 pieces each, in 5N 18-carat rose gold with a black dial, and PD150 18-carat white gold with a blue dial.
Features and functions
Hours & Minutes: central hands
Power reserve: ‘manometer’ display at 2 o’clock
Gas drill derrick automaton
18-carat gold gas drill derrick
Continuously revolving drill bit (1 revolution / 2.5 secs)
Winding handle (1 revolution of the crown corresponds to approximately 1 revolution of the handle)
316L steel storage tank
‘Pipeline’-style Tourbillon Bridge connecting the drill tower to the storage tank
Dial and hands
Dew-drop “Gouttes de Rosée”® hours and minutes hands with luminous coating
Lacquered “Clous de Paris” concentric pattern dial
Movement and finish
Manual tourbillon movement with gas drill derrick automaton
255-part LM42 caliber, designed and manufactured by Louis Moinet
Tourbillon cage: 1 rotation/minute
Oscillations: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 72 hours
Decoration: wave-pattern Geneva Stripes, sunray-brushing, pearled
Case and strap
Case: Original Louis Moinet® design comprising 59 different elements
Material: 18-carat gold
Water resistance: 30 metres
Case back: Fitted with 6 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet symbols
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with non-reflective coating on both faces
Crown protection: Patent pending
Distance between lugs: 24mm
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with alligator lining
Buckle: 18-carat gold folding clasp with “Fleur-de-lis” motif
Louis Moinet book
LM-42.50.50: 28 watches (5N 18-carat rose gold and Black dial)
LM-42.70.20: 28 watches (PD150 18-carat white gold and Blue dial)