Drawing inspiration from a rare lunar phenomenon known as Super Moon, independent Swiss luxury watch brand Louis Moinet has launched a limited edition collection.
Louis Moinet’s Super Moon watch combines the visionary talent of the inventor of the chronograph and high frequency with contemporary architectural work. It is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
A Super Moon is a full or new moon corresponding to the moment when the orbit of this satellite is closest (perigee) to Earth.
The dial depicts the first extra-terrestrial view of the Moon, as provided by Apollo 8 in 1968. The engraving results from hand-crafted hammering creating pleasing contrasts on the lunar surface. The finish features two light and dark tones resulting from light brushing performed after nickel-plating the dial.
It has an opening between 8 o’clock and 12 o’clock, revealing each beat of its exclusive calibre including the escapement operating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour, as well as the off-centre seconds hand.
With this exclusive watch, Louis Moinet offers exclusive real fragments of the Moon. This is an extremely rare and precious material, as only 371 lunar meteorites are known to exist worldwide. This meteorite travelled more than 400,000 kilometres through intersidereal space before being captured by Earth’s gravity and landing in the Dhofar Desert in Oman.
The Lunar meteorite has now been transformed into an objet d’art, sculpted by the expert hands of Daniel Haas and suspended above the void, protected by an anodised aluminium capsule with a shiny black base to strike a contrast with the night star.
Each hour-marker features three variously shaped facets designed to make the light dance over them. The flank features a diamond and satin-finished part to endow the dial with a deep radiance. The colour contrast is accentuated by its black PVD base and the lacquer in its centre.
The real accomplishment was to keep them suspended above the void, with the clear intention of creating a strong perspective. This virtuoso craftsmanship enables them to be linked to a central ring and to the inner bezel ring.
The finishing of the movement is based on the noble traditions of fine watchmaking: Côtes de Genève, diamond-polished chamfers, circular satin-finished wheels, circular graining. The sapphire caseback reveals the movements of the rotor mounted on ball bearings. The Clous de Parismotif dear to Louis Moinet in the 19th century has been reinterpreted in a concentric version, giving an impression of movement.
The Mars Mission case has been christened Neo, as its novel technical solutions have created a silhouette that is unprecedented in watchmaking. Everything is built around two vertical bridges that cross the piece to accommodate the strap at each end of their openworked lugs. These bridges enclose the movement container, which is dominated by the six-screw bezel, one of Louis Moinet’s trademarks.
Its alligator leather strap is secured by a folding clasp adorned with the curved Fleur de Lys, the symbol of Louis Moinet.
Model: Louis Moinet SUPER MOON
316L stainless steel
Sapphire crystal glass glare-proofed on both sides
Water resistance: 50 metres
Depiction of the lunar surface
Engraving, Hammering, Nickel-plating and Brushing
Capsule at 3 o’clock; Lunar meteorite fragment; Blue anodised aluminium
Hour-markers: Suspended above the dial; Rhodium-plated, diamond-polished and satin-brushed flanks
Manufacture Louis Moinet Calibre LM45
Balance with screws
Oscillating weight: Bi-material with 6 ball bearings and adorned with concentric “Clous de Paris” hobnail pattern and “Fleur de Lys”
Gear trains: circular satin-finished
Oscillations: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 48 hours
Mainplate: circular “Côtes de Genève” hobnail pattern, circular satin-finished and circular-grained
Self-winding bridge: circular graining, diamond-polished chamfers, engraved and gilded Louis Moinet symbols
Limited edition of 100 watches