Want to Wear the Moon on the Wrist? Louis Moinet Magistralis

Oct 31, 2008
Louis Moinet watchmakers have used a 2000 year-old lunar meteorite for the moon-phase display of a truly sophisticated watch movement that boasts such remarkable complications as the minute repeater, perpetual calendar and mono-pusher chronograph. The outstanding mechanism is housed by the Louis Moinet Magistralis watch - an extraordinary creation by itself.

The real pieces of the moon applied by the moon-phase complication were taken from a meteorite brought from the moon 2,000 years ago. The authenticity of the lunar meteorite was affirmed by the University of California. It is interesting to mention that the meteorite was taken from a place never visited by the Apollo missions. Lunar meteorites are the rarest of all and their price greatly exceeds that of gold and platinum.

The 18K rose gold case of the timepiece features Louis Moinet signature design easily distinguished by the crown guard and the chronograph button guard found at 12 o'clock. The complex case construction comprises 90 parts. The correctors feature the Louis Moinet symbols to make their purpose absolutely clear.

The Cotes-du-Jura-adorned dial reveals four hollowed counters featuring 'old rose' shade providing supreme readability of the indications with help of the flame-blued steel hands.

The 100-year-old movement was designed in the Vallee de Joux and produced in Geneva. Marked by the prestigious Poincon de Geneve quality hallmark, the mechanism incorporates a double-bladed self-compensating balance and a flame-blued balance spring from Breguet. The flat-polished moustache lever escapement is manually chamfered. The movement is beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour.

The striking mechanism has two hammers responsible for sounding the hours, quarter-hours and minutes. It also has an 'all or nothing' lever. The pressure-controlled striking-mechanism lever is developed to make the repeater slide easier to handle.

The striking mechanism requires extreme accuracy of the manual adjustments, coming literally from the watchmaker's hand, ear and heart. No wonder, two identical striking mechanisms will produce different sounds, simply because they are manually adjusted.

The mono-button column-wheel chronograph incorporates a spring-assisted lever. The instantaneous jumping minute hand operates by means of a cam used to stabilize regulator operation when the chronograph is activated.

The perpetual calendar shows the day, date and month over four years. The unique characteristic of this complication is its small size, as the perpetual date mechanisms of the period used to be much larger.

The Magistralis is unveiled in a highly creative presentation box. The box is manually crafted from curly maple by luthier Claude Bourquard, working in the Jura. Claude has acquired an extensive knowledge of resonance while he was making guitars and violins of the top quality by hand.

Now, the luthier has applied his knowledge to create a one-of-a-kind musical instrument with the watch support. When the striking mechanism has been activated, the instrument amplifies its sound to allow everyone to so fully appreciate the beauty of the tone. It is made of curly maple and varnished spruce.

Claude Bourquard strictly keeps the secrets of the unique instrument's manufacture.

The presentation box also includes an original of Louis Moinet Traite d'Horlogerie, the second edition, dated 1856, the most beautiful book of its century. It narrates about the best watchmaking techniques and offers illustrations of watch movements hand-drawn by Louis Moinet.

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