For the brand Louis Moinet, this is an important year. It was in 1816 that Louis Moinet invented his Compteur de Tierces, the world’s chronograph for use in tracking astronomical objects. So, Louis Moinet introduces the Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece, which uses a fixed graver engraving technique to transform the plate of the movement into a sparkling representation of a starry sky. A new hour dial is for the first time ever made in enamel, the mainplate is painted and decorated with star constellations, with translucent flange and counter bridge.
The watchmaker’s vision of the nocturnal sky is rendered from a brass plate coated in a translucent blue. The stars have been created using a brand new fixed graver process, in which a specially-made lathe is attached to a traditional rose engine. The result is a sky set with starts all featuring different angles and depths. Each of them captures as much light as possible, which gives the impression that some stars really are shining.
The flange and counter bridge are made from an innovative dark blue translucent material – which one, is a closely-guarded secret. The only thing we know is that the material has been produced by combining a number of composite materials and high-temperature vacuum molding.
The prestige new version of Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse timepiece is crafted from 18-karat white gold, and it comes in original Louis Moinet case composed of 52 pieces, a two-part bezel, and 6 screws. The large, striking case, measuring 46mm in diameter, is fully hand-engraved and depicting the theme of the lunar eclipse. It accommodates the 302-component LM54 caliber, designed and manufactured by Louis Moinet. The movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, and it offers about 48 hours of power reserve.
The Memoris 200th Anniversary watch prototype will be up for grabs at the Antiquorum Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces sale in Geneva on November 13, and is estimated to fetch between $41,000 and $61,000.