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The Art of the Cosmos
Since the advent of Louis Moinet as a brand or even as a watchmaker, the name has been closely associated with outer space. Be it creating the world’s first chronograph that was built for tracking the movement of the celestial bodies from land or fitting its watches with the fragments of spacecraft that carried the humans into space, the Louis Moinet Cosmic Art collection celebrates them profoundly. For Louis Moinet, the significance of precious materials is not luxury but remembrance. The Cosmic Art collection is a piece of history, a legacy on your wrist with the artistic acumen of the Swiss watchmaker, Louis Moinet.
The Mars & The Moon
We begin with The Moon, the closest celestial body to us. Louis Moinet as a brand has a certain affinity for this satellite. Launched in 2019, the Louis Moinet Moon was launched at the time when the world was celebrating the 150th anniversary of Jules Vernes ‘Around the Moon’. Around the Moon was the novel that first initiated the CEO’s fascination with the lunar. On the spotlight is the fragment of lunar meteorite placed inside a capsule at the 3 o’clock marker. Apart from the fragment, the timepiece also depicts the craters on the moon such as the Gassendi, Tycho, and Cassini. Under the small seconds’ dial that is fixed at the 9 o’clock marker is the glimpse of the movement, LM45. Another timepiece that celebrates the infatuation with space is the Mars watch. Mars is similarly built to the moon as it features a fragment of Mars inside a capsule at 3 o’clock. The only difference is that Mars features the legendary volcanoes on the dial such as the Olympus Mon in the centre, the Ascraeus Mon between the 1 & 2 o’clock marker, and the Arsia Mon between the 5 & 6 o’clock marker. The Moon and the Mars are available in either 316L stainless steel or Rose gold cases. As per Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Louis Moinet, “The Moon and Mars creations incorporate fragments of their respective heavenly bodies. To do so, we are working with Luc Labenne, the most famous meteorite hunter in the world.”
Only if David Bowie was alive to witness the Skylink, a timepiece that perfectly encapsulates the idea of Bowie’s song, the Space Oddity. Even though it perfectly depicts the large, unreal space such as the cosmic dust & gases in a nebula through the aventurine dial, the Skylink actually is a tribute to a very uncommon event. On July 17th, 1975, whilst the Cold War was at its peak, two astronauts shook hands. These astronauts were from the primary belligerents of the ongoing war, America and the USSR. The capsule at the 3 o’clock markers contains a piece of Kapton foil from the Apollo used in that mission and a piece of fibre from the Soviet Sokol-K spacesuit that Alexey Leonov wore during that unique moment. The Skylink series is available in two different case materials, 18kt rose gold and 18kt white gold.
The Allende Meteorite
On February 8, 1969, a huge fireball appeared over the skies of Chihuahua, Mexico. This fireball was created due to a falling meteorite that was the size of an automobile. Named the ‘Allende’, the fragments from this meteorite were scattered on a large area. A few of these fragments are now placed inside the Louis Moinet Allende Meteorite timepieces. The Allende Meteorite fragment is placed inside a capsule fixed at the 3 o’clock marker. Apart from the capsule, the dial is engraved in Mayan fashion.
Apart from fitting the timepieces with rare materials, the Louis Moinet Cosmic Art is also home to some fascinating watches. Pieces such as the Space Revolution feature two tourbillons rotating in different directions. Whereas, watches such as Ad Astra, Spacewalker, and Hope Probe are fitted with Louis Moinet’s signature ‘satellite tourbillon’. Apart from the satellite tourbillon, the Space Revolution is limited to 8 timepieces and the centre of each of these timepieces is fitted with a unique material such as Lunar, Martian, Allende, Erg Chech, Jbilet Winselwan, Isheyev, Gibeon, and Armanty meteorite. Whereas, the Hope Probe is dedicated to the United Arab Emirates’s first unmanned Martian expedition, the Hope Probe. These timepieces celebrate the unhindered legacy of outer space whilst offering a delightful timekeeping experience. Another set of timepieces added to the collection is the Space One series, a monopusher chronograph with a meticulously designed dial and start, stop, and reset indicator fitted on the dial.
The Midnight Star
Inspired by the elegance of stars, the Midnight Star displays the very best of Louis Moinet on the dial. The two sub-dials filling the duties of a chronograph, are located at 6 and 12 o’clock, and are both topped with a ruby chaton created using the Verneuil method. The hour counter additionally contains an actual fragment of the rare Armanty meteorite, which features the Widmanstätten pattern. It has been tinted in a captivating blue, giving it remarkable originality. The hue is a veritable accomplishment. It was created by skilled dial craftsmen, who jealously preserve the secret of their trade.