For its inaugural contribution to Only Watch charity watch auction in Geneva, Louis Moinet prepared city watch which is still bold, still strong, still mechanically desirable, according to Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Ateliers Louis Moinet.
This Metropolis for Only Watch is a most worthy successor to Mr Louis Moinet’s own Compteur de Tierces from 1816, the first chronograph in history, which was also used for observational astronomy.
The unique timepiece sports a gold-plated dial, for which the firm has performed another first in terms of decoration: its face is first gilded – and then hand- punched to form lunar ‘craters’. And to complete the metaphor, Ateliers Louis Moinet has filled these craters with genuine fragments of lunar meteorites.
The 43.2 mm diameter steel case reveals the entire underside of the movement through a sapphire crystal caseback, around which the words “Pièce Unique – Only Watch” are engraved.
The watch is wound by means of an oscillating weight decorated with a concentric Clou de Paris pattern and a fragment of lunar meteorite – another finishings first for the Ateliers.
The Metropolis Only Watch comes with a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap, and a folding clasp with “Fleur-de-lys” motif.