With the Louis Moinet Space Mystery, the Independent watchmaker stuns the watch world once again with an impressively detailed and exceptionally beautiful watch.
If there’s one way to describe the uniqueness of Louis Moinet watches, it would be the use of exceptional materials. Located in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, Louis Moinet creates high-end timepieces that governed by innovative technology and the philosophy of limited-edition mechanical art. The brand draws upon the passion and inventiveness of master horologist Louis Moinet, after whom the brand is named. It produces only limited editions or unique timepieces. Uniqueness, creative horology, art and design and exclusivity are at the heart.
Karishma Karer chats with Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and Creative Director, about the Louis Moinet Space Mystery. “The name space mystery, actually comes from a meteorite coming from the cosmos, but we don’t know from where. What we do know is there are amino acids within it, and these are possibly one of the first forms of life in the universe,” explains Schaller.
The Louis Moinet Space Mystery thus benefits from this special material sourced from the depths of the cosmos. The magical hue, aptly called Magic Blue suits the dial. The exact composition of the colour remains a secret and it befits the watch, which also retains an alluring secretive aspect that only adds to its appeal.
The watch is the first one in the world to contain fragments of the meteorite that bears carbonaceous CM chondrite meteorite, that is, the amino acids which are essential for metabolic processes. It thus hints at the questions of extra-terrestrial existence and life, the answers to which remain a mystery. This tiny fragment is beautifully captured within the watch, and it can be seen from an aperture in the dial.
“It is a satellite tourbillon rotating around a central axis having a small planet as the rotating axis. We also have a little piece from the moon and a little piece from Mars!” says Schaller. The watch is 46 mm in diameter. The tourbillon is located at 12 o’clock. The balance wheel and bridge have been crafted in authentic Louis Moinet style, with the upper part being blued titanium. The generously sized tourbillon cage is suspended in mid-air. The satellite tourbillon rotates on its own axis, it is itself in orbit, as is its very own satellite planet, revolving every 60 seconds. The highly detailed micro planet on the dial also evokes the beauty of the mechanism. The watch is encased in rose gold or white gold.
Schaller explains that the watch comes in a limited edition of 8, as this number is the symbol of infinity! “We make watches in limited editions. We have had the chance of having some important collectors and ministers, and heads of states as our clients. Every time we create a new watch we want to do something that does not exist,” he says.
Well, the Louis Moinet Space Mystery, the world’s first satellite tourbillon, certainly fits that criteria!