Louis Moinet has just won the Middle East Watch and Jewellery Award of the Year – for the second year running. The award under the Tourbillon category went to the Space Mystery model.
The prize is especially significant for three separate reasons. Firstly, it concerned the Tourbillons category – one of the most technical, where competition is at its toughest. Secondly, Louis Moinet has now won one such Prize for two years in succession: in 2016, Memoris won an Award in the Chronograph category.
Louis Moinet is one of the very few fully-independent Swiss firms to have won a prize twice running – in the space of just 10 years of existence. The distinction is all the more remarkable in that to be allowed entry into the competition, nominees must be accepted by an admissions committee – few brands make it through this rigorous shortlisting process.
Space Mystery is the world’s first satellite tourbillon: the cage is balanced by means of a planet that rotates around it. And this is just one of several exclusive Louis Moinet features in the piece: Space Mystery also has an aperture at 9 o’clock, revealing authentic fragments of a mysterious meteorite from the far-flung regions of space bearing traces of amino acids – possibly one of the first forms of life in the universe.
This unique Fine Watchmaking composition, which required some two years of development, is showcased on a dial in Magic Blue – a colour whose exact composition remains one of Louis Moinet’s closely-guarded secrets. This hue endows Space Mystery with all the depth of the cosmos so dear to Louis Moinet – in his day, he would gaze at the heavens night after night. With Space Mystery, the Ateliers founded in his honour have added a poetic dimension to their vocation – and scaled unprecedented heights of watchmaking emotion.