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Louis Moinet AstroMoon

Marina Milojević | 05.06.15 | 04:43 AM

On the occasion of the BaselWorld 2015 trade show, Louis Moinet revealed its new astral complication – the AstroMoon timepiece.

The AstroMoon timepiece, as explained from the house of Louis Moinet, is a moon phase tourbillon chronograph. This exquisite timepiece, which blends high-end watchmaking and groundbreaking aesthetic, features a gorgeous aventurine dial, which resembles the nocturnal sky. This beautiful mineral, a form of quartz, is characterized by the presence of platy mineral inclusions, which give it a shimmering, starry-like effect. The central complication – the moon phase – incorporates a piece of a genuine lunar meteorite fragment – the Dhofar 459 meteorite. The rotating disc for the moon phase is positioned at 6 o’clock, and rimmed with a broad applique ring with curved indentations.

Louis Moinet AstroMoon

Faithful to the brand’s DNA, the AstroMoon is a column-wheel chronograph, adorned with Louis Moinet’s signature style: dew-drop hands, a large tourbillon cage with curved bridges, a chronograph hand tipped by a star, and modeled after the Compteur de Tierces, which is regarded as the first chronograph in history (developed by Louis Moinet in 1816.) In the spirit of haute horlogerie, the four screws on the tourbillon bridges and the chronograph counter are blued, same as the second and minute markers. The hands and bridges are openworked, to reveal as much of the aventurine as possible.

The 8-carat gold case of the AstroMoon is made up from 49 components, and it measures 46,5mm in diameter. The chronograph pushers with “Rose des vents” compass rose design are positioned at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, on either side of the crown. On the inside beats the 373-part LM29 caliber, which is produced in-house and based on a historical Venus caliber from the 1960s. The movement is built on 373 individual parts and 28 jewels, including the Glucydur balance wheel. This manually wound tourbillon movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and promises up to 46 hours of power reserve. The surfaces and angles have been decorated according to the finest watchmaking traditions: hand-engraved bridges, polished beveling, drawn rims, pearling, diamond-polished facets, circular gears with 2N Colour finish and straight-line steel. Everything is visible through a crystal back, which also protects the movement from the ingress of water to up to 50 meters.

Louis Moinet AstroMoon

Louis Moinet AstroMoon is also available in PD150 18-carat white gold. In each of its renditions, the watch is issued in a 28-piece limited edition. Mounted on a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap, and presented in a special box, along with the Louis Moinet book.

Reference numbers:

LM-29.50.AV - 5N 18-carat rose gold

LM-29.70.AV - PD150 18-carat white gold

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