At the prestigious Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (21-26 Feb 2018), luxury Swiss watch atelier Louis Moinet presented QATAR TOURBILLON, an ultra-limited edition timepiece. Only three such pieces will be manufactured, featuring two painstakingly cut fragments of the one and only meteorite ever to have been found in Qatar, inlaid in a spectacular dial. The two hand-engraved Qatari sabres and sand dunes add a special tribute to the Emirate.
The official name of the meteorite is Qatar 001, as assigned to it by the learned US-based Meteoritical Society. It comes from the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and travelled over 260 million kilometres before landing in the Jariyan al Batnah desert.
The 45.4 mm-diameter Qatar Tourbillon case has been dubbed Neo: its new technical solutions have resulted in the creation of an all-new shape of watch. Everything is built around two vertical bridges that span the timepiece, securing the strap at each end of their lugs – these in turn feature the third and final openwork finish on the watch. The bridges support the movement’s housing, topped by a hand-engraved bezel secured by six screws – one of Louis Moinet’s signature touches.
The QATAR Tourbillon is a limited edition of just three pieces; its exclusive, manual wind movement beats at a rhythm of 21,600 vibrations per hour. One distinctive technical feature is that its particularly spectacular winding mechanism is visible through the caseback. The “octopus” spring fulfils three functions, acting as a lever spring, yoke spring, and click spring.
Model: QATAR TOURBILLON
Mechanism: Visible through caseback, “octopus” spring
Oscillations: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Frequency: 3 Hz
Power reserve: 72 hours
Escapement: Side lever
Original Louis Moinet “Neo” design
Material: 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 45.4 mm
Waterproof up to 30 metres
Crystals: Two non-reflective sapphire crystals
Meteorite Qatar 001
Hand-engraved part depicts two Qatari sabres, sand dunes
Hand-sewn, Louisiana alligator
Limited edition of 3 watches