Louis Moinet : In orbit


Space Mystery

CASE : engraved white gold, transparent sapphire crystal an

SIZE : 46 x 17mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding Caliber LM48 with off-centered tourbillon and 72h power reserve

FUNCTIONS : blue, based on a secret composition

STRAP : handsewn double-sided blue alligator leather, white gold folding clasp


Watchmaking is governed by the laws of physics, and particularly that of gravity which the tourbillon is designed to circumvent. Louis Moinet combines these concepts in a limited-edition watch offered in four variations, each issued in a series of eight. The Space Mystery models come with a white or pink gold case, either smooth or richly engraved like the one depicted here. Beneath a patterned blue dial, for which the manufacturing process quite logically remains a mystery, lies a mechanism with a highly symbolic mode of operation. A huge 20mm-diameter tourbillon spins on its axis at 12 o’clock. It is composed of an offset carriage, a double blue arch containing the balance and escapement, as well as a moon serving as a counterweight. Their regular rotation effectively regulates the operation of this 46mm model, on which the hours and minutes are displayed on a 6 o’clock subdial. The rest, the meteorite fragment secured to the dial, along with others ‘stellar’ fragments from Mars and the moon set into the caseband – and indeed the very name of this watch – are obvious references to the vast expanses of space, a recurrent source of inspiration for the ever-fertile imagination of Louis Moinet.

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