Ateliers Louis Moinet was born out of the passion of one man, and this is clearly to be seen in each of its creations.
Louis Moinet was born in Bourges in 1768. From a very early age, Louis displayed great learning abilities and spent all his spare time with a master watchmaker.
With a keen interest in Fine Arts, Moinet left Paris for Rome at the age of 20, where he studied architecture, sculpture and painting for five years. On his return to Paris, he joined the Louvre as Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts.
At the same time, he resumed his studies and watchmaking practice with his former teacher. It took the disciple only ten years to outstrip his master. His passion devoured all his time and he became president of the Chronometry Society of Paris.
In 1811, Louis Moinet became friends with the great Breguet; they worked together on their common passion until 1833.
Over a period of two decades, Louis Moinet continued to improve his watchmaking technique and built an astronomical watch before publishing his magnum opus, ‘Le Traité d'Horlogerie', in 1848 – having devoted 20 years of his life to writing it.
Louis Moinet was both well-loved and renowned as a watchmaker for the great – including the Tsar of Russia, Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson and King George IV of England.
155 years later, entrepreneur Jean-Marie Schaller revived the Louis Monet legend by founding ‘Les Ateliers Louis Moinet' in St Blaise, Switzerland.
Adopting a creative approach, the Firm's vocation is to add to this rich heritage – as evidenced by the recent patent applications for new mechanisms. Each timepiece is either unique or is part of a limited edition of 12 or 60 watches.
Ateliers Louis Moinet was born out of the passion of one man, and this is clearly to be seen in each of its creations. The Maison takes the concept of exclusivity to its height, producing only limited editions.
Ateliers Louis Moinet makes timepieces combining reliable fundamentals with a visionary spirit, in a fitting tribute to the watchmaking legacy of the talented watchmaker.
1768: Louis Moinet born
1848: publication of the Traité d'Horlogerie
1853: Louis Moinet dies
2008: Ateliers Louis Moinet founded
2009: presentation of the first watch in the Jules Verne collection
Astralis: This collection, with a round case and tourbillon, features a guilloche dial against which its gold hand and hour marker stand out.
Vertalis Tourbillon: The tourbillon in the Vertalis is spectacularly revealed through its openwork cage.
Jurassic Tourbillon: In a combination of watchmaking and palaeontology, this timepiece features a dial made from a dinosaur fossil bone.
Tempograph: The Tempograph is the first round timepiece in the history of watchmaking to feature a 10-second retrograde complication.
Geograph: The Geograph is an automatic GMT – made particularly visible by blue hands on a grey gold guilloche back.
Jules Verne Instrument: This collection comprises three ‘Instruments', including a chronograph and a split-second piece. There is also a patented crown-protection system available for its first version.
Treasures Of The World: This collection of unique timepieces comprises watches with a dial made from brightly-coloured semi-precious stones.
Mecanograph: On its single dial, this timepiece features a skeleton chronograph on the left and a traditional guilloche finish on the right.
Stardance: This timepiece features a stone moon phase – made from a piece of actual meteorite.