Celebrating the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph, Louis Moinet presents Memoris Red Eclipse in an exclusive limited edition of twelve fully hand-engraved watches.
It will be unveiled at an exceptional astronomy event organised by Louis Moinet at the Neuchâtel Observatory on the occasion of the forthcoming eclipse of the moon, on September 16. To crown it all, the timepiece has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Geneva Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, in the Chronograph category.
The MEMORIS RED ECLIPSE features a bespoke case, fully hand-engraved and depicting the theme of the lunar eclipse. All the movement’s finishes are also hand-crafted using authentic, traditional Fine Watchmaking processes – a discipline to which Ateliers Moinet now officially belongs, as per the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie’s latest White Paper, published on June 22. The bevelling brings the mechanism to life, on a mysterious starry background. This is crafted using a traditional rose engine – a tool which, despite being all of two hundred years old, has just found a new application, thanks to Memoris. The unique process creates a spectacular effect that makes the stars twinkle in myriad ways, depending on the angle at which they are viewed.
2016 marks the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph in 1816, by Louis Moinet himself. His Compteur de Tierces is unanimously attested as the first chronograph in history, as well as being the pioneer of high frequency, with 216,000 vibrations per hour. An event entitled “200 years in 24 hours” will be organised at Neuchâtel Observatory on September 16, 2016 to observe the eclipse of the moon – and celebrate this special anniversary at the same time.
There, Louis Moinet will be unveiling an exclusive programme retracing the origins and development of the chronograph, one of the greatest complications in Haute Horlogerie for exactly two hundred years now. And in tribute to the astronomical observations of Louis Moinet, “Red Eclipse” will be officially unveiled. The star-studded pedigree of “Red Eclipse” is denoted by a red moon in gold-leaf enamel on its oscillating weight, together with hand-crafted engravings on its bridges and bezel.
Memoris is the first educational chronograph in the history of watchmaking. The piece has been designed to be both technical and fun, displaying all the choreography of its chronograph on the dial side. The unique structure of Memoris provides time measurement – and allows you to understand how it works, too. With a single gentle touch on the mono-pusher, a unique performance unfolds before your eyes: the mechanism of steel parts and gears comes to life, all coordinated by the column wheel at 12 o’clock. The column wheel itself, with teeth at the base and vertical columns that have been precision cut, is the star of the show. The multiple facets of this symmetrical part bring to life the various levers that pass on information to the hands.
The chronograph is neither a skeleton nor an additional module: rather, the all-new movement has been designed for and around it – to the extent that Louis Moinet has opted to locate the automatic movement’s time mechanism to the rear of the piece, beneath the plate.