Louis Moinet

Ateliers Louis Moinet was born out of the passion of one man, and this is clearly to be seen in each of its creations.

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  • Philosophy

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  • About Louis Moinet

    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.

  • Louis Moinet's philosophy

    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.

  • Louis Moinet's 5 key dates

    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

  • Louis Moinet's collections

    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.

  • Contact Louis Moinet

    Les Ateliers Louis Moinet S.A.
    Rue du Temple 1
    Case postale 28
    CH - 2072 Saint-Blaise
    T. +41 32 753 68 14

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Featured Louis Moinet Watches

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    20 Second Tempograph

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    Derrick Tourbillon

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    Russian Eagle

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    Mecanograph New York

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Derrick Gaz

— The tourbillon-powered Derrick Gaz combines automaton and watchmaking prowess.
MARCH 25, 2015
Derrick Gaz © Ateliers Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet Memoris
Louis Moinet

Reinventing the face of the chronograph

— Marking an historic crossroads between its 10th anniversary and the bi-centenary of the chronograph, Louis Moinet unveils Memoris, the first ‘chronograph-watch’.
MARCH 18, 2015
BaselWorld 2015

The art of teasing

— As brands get ever more creative with their attempts to garner interest for watches that will only be revealed from 18th March this year, WorldTempus attempts to decode some of the more intriguing teasers for this year’s BaselWorld.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Marten de Vos, Allegory of the Seven Liberal Arts
12th Art

Influences pervading the 12th Art

— The masters of the 12th Art (the Art of time measurement) are artists by nature and love exploring diverse, sometimes centuries-old fields of expression. Numbered from 1 to 6, the classic arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and dance make their influence clearly felt in our selection – as too does the 7th art.
FEBRUARY 14, 2015
Louis Moinet Vertalor or rose
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— Vertalor features a tourbillon with a cage hung beneath a three-armed gold bridge.
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Tempograph 20-Secondes © Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet

20 Second Tempograph

— Technical, architectural, fun, and unprecedented, this new timepiece pays tribute to the genius of Louis Moinet.
JANUARY 29, 2015
Happy New Year  © DR

2015: best wishes from watch industry CEOs

— Since 2014 is already a thing of the past for most watch industry CEOs, what could one wish them for 2015? WorldTempus has already popped the question.
DECEMBER 31, 2014
Aigle Russe © Ateliers Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet

The Russian Eagle

— The Russian Eagle is an undertaking that reflects the brand’s commitment to cultural and artistic projects.
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
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— The Vertalor embodies the creative independence of the Ateliers, celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Une construction classique de boîte dîte en « sandwich », comme ici chez L. Leroy. © WorldTempus / Olivier Muller
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The hidden complexity of the watch case

— While some might think it is just a medium of support, a receptacle, a closer look reveals that the watch case harbours hidden treasures of ingenuity and engineering.
OCTOBER 28, 2014
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Laurent Ferrier – a new partner brand

— Laurent Ferrier joins the WorldTempus fold as our editor-in-chief returns from Mexico with a suitcase full of watch news.
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Louis Moinet Astrolabe Tourbillon
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Video. Astrolabe Tourbillon by Louis Moinet

— A timepiece inspired by on of mankind's oldest astronomical instruments.
OCTOBER 26, 2014
Ateliers Louis Moinet, à Saint-Blaise © Louis Moinet
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The Ateliers turn ten

— The progress made by this fully-independent firm in ten years has exceeded all expectations. A major milestone came in 2013, when the maison revealed it was heir to the invention of the chronograph – with a watch dating back to 1816.
OCTOBER 22, 2014
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    The chronograph told by its dial

    — The modern chronograph with it two counters gives the impression of having been around forever. But to think that would mean forgetting the multiple...
    OCTOBER 07, 2014
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    Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

    Spoilt for choice in the men’s category

    — There’s just a hint of understatement in the men’s category at the 2014 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, with brands restricted in the adornments allowed – both...
    AUGUST 18, 2014
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    Summer watches

    An invitation to travel

    — Whether one prefers them on the exotic side or something a little more urban, summer landscapes are in fact not as far off as one might think. A quick glance...
    AUGUST 06, 2014
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    What you might have missed last month

    — Themes covered by Worldtempus last month ranged from classic car rallies to music boxes, as well as a rare award for a watch brand and, of course, plenty of...
    AUGUST 06, 2014
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    Arts and watches

    The classic arts meet the watchmakers

    — For this new rendezvous with the six first arts (architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and dance), the art of time measurement (the 12th Art)...
    JULY 21, 2014
  • Thumbnail Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO des Ateliers Louis Moinet reçoit le Mérite au Développement des Arts et des Technologies Horlogères
    Louis Moinet

    Honoured by UNESCO

    — The Ateliers Louis Moinet see their upward trajectory honoured by a prize of rare quality, placing it in an ideal position to continue targeting fresh peaks of...
    JULY 12, 2014
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    Watchmaking’s annual Mediterranean jaunt

    — The spotlights of watchmaking industry turned to the French Riviera last week with brands visible on the red carpet in Cannes and the wrists of Formula 1...
    MAY 26, 2014
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    Louis Moinet

    Ten years, eyes on the stars!

    — Les Ateliers Louis Moinet is celebrating its tenth birthday. A great name for an independent brand, and an opportunity to take a first look back with its founder.
    MAY 19, 2014
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    Louis Moinet

    Video. The Story of Time

    — The short film "The Story of Time" tells the story of time, and does so through the prism of the various innovations introduced by Louis Moinet.
    MAY 14, 2014