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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  • 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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The watch list

Featured Louis Moinet Watches

  • Louis Moinet Tempograph 20-Secondes LM-39.20.80 watch face view

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    20 Second Tempograph

  • Louis Moinet - Derrick Tourbillon

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    Derrick Tourbillon

  • Louis Moinet Limited Edition Vertalor Rose GOld LM-35.50.55 - watch face view

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  • Louis Moinet l'Aigle Russe ref. LM-14.70.AI watch face view

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    Russian Eagle

  • Louis Moinet LM.31.50.NY Watch-face-view

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    Mecanograph New York

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Exclusive: Louis Moinet, inventor of the chronograph, has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records

— The bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph by Louis Moinet (1816–2016) could not have ended any better: the Ateliers Louis Moinet have just been given an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records!
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
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matières préhistoriques
Prehistoric materials

A piece of history

— Some luxury brands are going to great lengths to make their products even more exclusive by using unusual materials whose age is measured in millions of years.
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
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Video. Black Gold Derrick

— A new version, featuring a more dynamic, contemporary style, of the Derrick Tourbillon.
OCTOBER 24, 2016
Siar 2016
SIAR 2016

Limited collector’s series

— At the SIAR, watch manufacturers are focusing on powerful designs to showcase their exclusive technical content.
OCTOBER 19, 2016

Paris performances

— Paris was the focus of two major new launches last week as Bell & Ross presented several new models and Jean-Claude Biver now starts to make his imprint on Zenith.
OCTOBER 03, 2016
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200 years in 24 hours

— Les Ateliers Louis Moinet chose the unique setting of the Neuchâtel Observatory to unveil the Memoris Red Eclipse and celebrate the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph by Louis Moinet.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Hats off to the distinguished gentlemen!

— The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride sponsored by Zenith raises a huge amount for charity.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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Video. 20-Second Tempograph

— The Tempograph’s expansive dial showcases a twenty-second retrograde mechanism, developed by Louis Moinet.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
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Video. Sideralis

— Offering an interstellar journey, Sideralis is one of its kind.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Louis Moinet Memoris Red Eclipse
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Memoris Red Eclipse

— Louis Moinet officially presents its Memoris Red Eclipse model today, to coincide with a lunar eclipse.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
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Video. Memoris 200th Anniversary

— See the Memoris 200th Anniversary creation.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

Other-worldly watchmaking

— More GPHG, a lunar launch and the home straight for our summer competitions
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
GPHG 2015
GPHG 2016

The watch industry’s thousand and one nights

— While the 16th prize-giving ceremony of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève will last only one night, that of November 10th 2016 the men and women who have created some of the 72 pre-selected watches have in some cases spent a thousand and one nights on developing them.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
  • GPHG 2016


    — This year, fifteen watches are entered in the Tourbillon category of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Here are some of the candidates.
    AUGUST 26, 2016
  • Pleine Lune
    Moon phase

    An impossible exercise?

    — Today, 18 August, there’s a full moon. The moon phase complication, a popular watchmaking exercise since the 17th century, sometimes struggles to stay current....
    AUGUST 18, 2016
  • Chronographes GPHG 2016 Chopard, Louis Moinet, Hublot, TAG Heuer
    GPHG 2016

    Chronographs battle it out!

    — While chronographs are by far the most popular horological complication, they are paradoxically one of the least strongly represented at the GPHG, with just 11...
    JULY 27, 2016
  • Laque, émail & porcelaine
    Lacquer, enamel & porcelain

    The war of whites

    — Enamel, porcelain and lacquer are all used to create white dials. But the differences between them are significant, and irreconcilable. And the choice of...
    JUNE 09, 2016
  • Louis Moinet video Baselworld 2016
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    Video. Baselworld 2016

    — Discover in video the new 2016 collections, introduced during Baselworld.
    JUNE 09, 2016
  • Louis Moinet Black Gold Derrick
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    Black Gold Derrick

    — Three years after it was first created the Derrick Tourbillon has taken a new turn, picking up the watchmaking tale where it left off with the advent of the...
    MAY 06, 2016
  • Baselworld black watches
    Black watches

    A range of styles happily mix it up with black

    — After our initial selection of “total black” watches, we continue our series by looking at men’s watches in black. And, no slight intended, ladies will close...
    APRIL 22, 2016
  • Louis Moinet Sideralis
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    — Louis Moinet presents Sideralis, a unique inverted double tourbillon.
    MARCH 30, 2016
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    A trio of watches for a double anniversary

    — Can anything stop Louis Moinet? The Ateliers celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2015; 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the chronograph,...
    MARCH 20, 2016