Saturday, April 4, 2015

Louis Moinet AstroMoon Limited Edition

With AstroMoon, a moon phase tourbillon chronograph, Louis Moinet offers another blend of its exclusive watchmaking skill and ground breaking aesthetic approach.

AstroMoon takes up the brand’s main style codes: an aventurine dial, a column-wheel chronograph, and genuine meteorite fragments –combined for a limited edition of just 28 timepieces. The watch is adorned by what has become Louis Moinet’s signature style: dew-drop hands, a large tourbillon cage with curved bridges, a chronograph hand tipped by a star, and pushers that draw inspiration directly from the Compteur de Tierces, the first chronograph in history – invented by Louis Moinet in 1816. Amidst all this, the moon-phase complication is the most captivating. In similar fashion to the tourbillon positioned at 11 o’clock, it has been made as expansive as possible so that it can be admired in its entirety, against an aventurine backdrop.
The all-new design for the moon phase, positioned at 6 o’clock, is wholly unique to Louis Moinet. In the centre of this rotating disc, two fragments of lunar meteorite face one another, symbolizing the moon. Around the disc is set a wide appliqué ring with curved indentations to show the moon’s phases as the disc turns.

This composition is characteristic of Louis Moinet,in this case from the Dhofar 459 meteorite. To date, only a hundred or so lunar meteorites have been identified worldwide. Most of them are on display in museums, with very few available for artistic use. These are extremely rare collector’s items for enthusiasts and experienced connoisseurs. What is more, Louis Moinet is the only watchmaking brand to offer meteorites from both the Moon and Mars in its creations. The new aesthetic approach enables AstroMoon to display a broad swath of its dial, made from aventurine.

To preserve that deep tranquility, the four screws on the tourbillon bridges and the chronograph counter are blue-tinted, as are their second and minute markers. In similar vein, the hands and bridges are also openwork, allowing the heavenly brightness of the aventurine to shine through.
To house this assembly, Louis Moinet has chosen a case used for many of its innovative creations. Protected by many different patents, it comprises 49 components, and comes here in a 46.5mm format. The chronograph pushers are at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, either side of the Louis Moinet crown and impact resistance system, also patented. The Fleur de Lys – emblem of the Ateliers –is embossed on the surface, as well as featuring as an applique on the dial at 9 o’clock.  The movement powering the AstroMoon is Louis Moinet’s very own, and based on a historic Venus caliber – a venerable, legendary movement acclaimed since the 1960s as a benchmark for chronographs.

Its 373 components boast a highly exclusive finish. The surfaces and angles have been hand-polished in the finest watchmaking tradition. The gold ruby gears and edging and the steel screws, block polished heads and slots emphasize the assertive character of this painstakingly crafted movement. The tourbillon and chronograph bridges are decorated with an engraving depicting the cosmos. Louis Moinet has chosen this legendary caliber not only for its exceptional technical performance and timelessness, but also for its artistic coherence with AstroMoon. Featuring a 50-hour power reserve, the movement is hand-wound and is visible through a generous crystal back

Technical details

Features and functions
60-second tourbillon
Column-wheel chronograph
Moon phases
Hours & Minutes (central hands)
Seconds (displayed on tourbillon cage at 11 o’clock)
60-second chronograph (central hand)
30-minute chronograph counter (rotating disc at 3 o’clock)

Dial and hands
Luminous star-shaped chronograph hand, inspired by Mr Louis Moinet’s design for the Julius Caesar clock (1825)
Dew-drop “Gouttes de Rosée”® hours and minutes hands with luminous coating
Luminous diamond-cut hour markers
Hand worked aventurine dial
Moon phase shown by an aventurine disc containing two fragments of lunar meteorite Dhofar 459
Fleur-de-lis applique

Movement and finish
Manual tourbillon movement with chronograph function and moon phase
373-part LM29 caliber, manufactured by Louis Moinet on the basis of a historic caliber
Winding: manual
Tourbillon cage: 1 rotation/minute
Oscillations: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Frequency: 3Hz
Balance wheel: Glucydur, chronometer quality
Lines: 13¾  
Power reserve: 46 hours
Jewels: 28
Diameter: 31.30mm
Height: 8.32mm
Decoration: Hand-engraved tourbillon and chronograph bridges, polished bevelling, drawn rims, pearling, diamond-polished facets, circular gears with 2N colour finish and straight-line steel

Case and strap
Case: Original Louis Moinet® design comprising 49 different elements
Pusher: “Rose des vents” compass rose design
Material: 18-carat gold
Diameter: 46.50mm
Thickness: 16.15mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Case back: Fitted with 7 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet symbols
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with non-reflective coating on both faces
Crown protection: Patent pending
Distance between lugs: 24mm
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with alligator lining
Buckle: 18-carat gold folding clasp with fleur-de-lis motif

Presentation box
Louis Moinet book

Limited editions
LM-29.50.AV: 28 watches (5N 18-carat rose gold)
LM-29.70.AV: 28 watches (PD150 18-carat white gold)

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