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Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece

Marina Milojević | 01.17.16 | 11:25 PM

Introducing the Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece

On the occasion of the BaselWorld 2015 trade show, the house of Louis Moinet introduced a new collection designed in honor its founder, Louis Moinet, who will be remembered as the inventor of the chronograph. The Memoris timepiece was introduced as the most important launch the house of Louis Moinet has ever done. For the brand, it represents a historic crossroad - the Ateliers’ tenth anniversary, and the bi-centenary of the chronograph invented by Louis Moinet. For 2016, the Memoris collection welcomes a new addition, the first chronograph-watch, clothed with light. As explained by the brand, this special limited edition marks the beginning of a whole series of commemorative timepieces dedicated to the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph.

Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece

Last year, the Manufacture described its Memoris model as the first chronograph-watch in history. On this innovative timepiece, chronograph is the primary function, while the time is the complication. In collaboration with Concepto, the Atelier Louis Moinet created a movement with entire chronograph function visible from the dial side. As soon as the wearer pushes the chronograph button, each feature of its action, the dance of its steel and gears, can be admired in its entirety. The hours and minutes are shifted from their traditional position to a sub-counter at 6 o’clock, the seconds appear at 9 o’clock position, while the 30-minute chronograph counter is located at 3 o’clock. Finally the 60-second chronograph function is enabled via the central chrono-hand.

Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece

In 2016, 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.

Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece

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.

Louis Moinet Memoris 200th Anniversary timepiece features the Original Louis Moinet case, which is made of 52 individual components. The case is made of 18-karat white gold, and it measures 46 mm in diameter. 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 timepiece is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces worldwide. The watch, reference LM-54.70.20, is delivered in a special presentation box with the Louis Moinet book. Water resistant to 50 meters, mounted on a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap with alligator lining and 18K gold folding clasp.

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