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Exploring the Cosmic Art: Louis Moinet’s Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon”

The Jules Verne Tourbillon "To the Moon," takes us on a celestial journey, all while paying homage to the origins of horology....

If you’re a watch enthusiast with a penchant for history and innovation, the Louis Moinet brand has something extraordinary to offer. Their latest creation, the Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon,” takes us on a celestial journey, all while paying homage to the origins of horology.

Louis Moinet, a brand synonymous with luxury and precision, has a legacy deeply intertwined with timekeeping innovation. The Compteur de Tièrces, believed to be one of the earliest chronographs, was a game-changer. This remarkable discovery ignited a passion within Louis Moinet’s owner, Jean-Marie Schaller, to continue the legacy. At Les Ateliers Louis Moinet in St-Blaise, the commitment to crafting exceptional timepieces remains unwavering.

Louis Moinet’s creations are not your run-of-the-mill watches. They are a testament to craftsmanship, often incorporating rare and unconventional materials. The Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon” from the Cosmic Art collection is no exception. At its heart lies a rare lunar meteorite, making this timepiece a true collector’s dream.

Credit: Louis Moinet

The newly unveiled Louis Moinet Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon” is the first in a series that promises to captivate watch aficionados. It features a 40.70mm rose gold case with elegant contours, combining polished and satin textures. A substantial fluted crown and openworked lugs enhance its allure.

The dial of the “To the Moon” is nothing short of a spectacle. It houses an extraterrestrial object with a captivating marble-like structure at its core. This unique feature is set against a backdrop of peripheral guilloché swirls, enhanced with translucent green varnish. An off-centred flying tourbillon, a bridge connecting horological heritage to modern design, graces the scene. Time is elegantly conveyed through luminescent-treated, faceted, and skeletonized hour and minute hands. The hour indices, shaped like arrowheads and in varying sizes, harmonize with the subtly positioned minute ring.

Powering the Jules Verne Tourbillon “To the Moon” is the hand-wound LM135 movement, the same one found in the Cosmopolis. It features a double barrel configuration where one barrel rests inverted over the other. This synchronized release of energy grants the timepiece a remarkable 96-hour power reserve. Operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour and equipped with 26 jewels, the calibre embodies precision and artistry. To complete the ensemble, the watch is adorned with a black alligator strap, secured by a folding clasp.

The Jules Verne Tourbillon collection embraces personalization, and the “To the Moon” edition is no exception. Limited to just eight pieces, prospective owners have the unique opportunity to select their very own lunar meteorite piece directly from the brand’s website. Notably, three out of the eight allocations have already been claimed at the time of writing. For pricing details and further insights, please explore www.louismoinet.com.

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