Louis Moinet Unveils Unique Meteoris Set

Jan 18, 2010
Jean-Marie Schaller, the founder of the watch brand Louis Moinet, proudly introduced its first object d’art. The glorious presentation took place in the course of the Geneva Time Exhibition, which started on Sunday, January 17th.

The new work of art created by the illustrious company demonstrates a set of four tourbillons built into the base. Bestowed with the evocative name of Meteoris, the planetarium set brings together several kinds of meteorites and exposes the entire solar system.

It is the artist Jean-Yves Kervevan who utilized hand-made resins and varnishes and succeeded in depicting all nine planets, along with the earth’s moon, as they orbit the sun. This is a genuine breakthrough, since most planetariums usually reveal quite a restricted number of planets.

As Mr. Schaller points out that Meteoris gives better insight into the complexity of the solar system by virtue of a faster speed of rotation: the planets complete their full revolution around the sun in 37 seconds rather than 365 days.

Located underneath the depiction of the planets, the circular navy blue scale serves to show each of the planets’ positions with regard to the zodiac it passes through. Covered with gold dust and silver spangles, this ring-shaped scale happens to be a symbol of the night sky. It is adorned with 154 scintillating diamonds, which symbolize stars, forming different constellations. The total weight of these gemstones constitutes 5, 6 carats.

Having 1.5 m in overall height, the masterpiece is a brainchild of Remy Chauvin, the gear specialist, who earned his fame by developing the astronomical clock, which can be found in the Morteau watch museum now. The location of the earth and moon even enables displaying the moon’s phases.

Driven by a set of 40 gear wheels, the oversized movement incorporates ten coaxial tubes with stainless steel spokes, which serve to support the planets. The movement is animated by a micro motor.

The Louis Moinet planetarium set also includes four tourbillon wristwatches, proudly displayed on each side of the Meteoris’ base. Every item is adorned with a rare meteorite stone: Dhofar 459 (moon meteorite), Itqiy (from an asteroid close to the sun), Sahara 99555 (also named Rosetta Stone, possibly from Mercury), and Jiddat al Harasis 479 (Mars meteorite).

The manually-wound tourbillon movements are developed, executed and assembled by Concepto. They are housed in the cases, composed of 50 individual parts. Two of the cases are sculptured in white gold with baguette-cut diamonds, while the other two are crafted in rose gold.

As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, the unique Louis Moinet planetarium set is expected to be acquired by a collector for an amazing price of 4,900,000 Swiss Francs.


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