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.

  • About

  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

  • Contact

  • 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

    Louis Moinet

    20 Second Tempograph

  • Louis Moinet - Derrick Tourbillon

    Louis Moinet

    Derrick Tourbillon

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

    Louis Moinet


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

    Louis Moinet

    Russian Eagle

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

    Louis Moinet

    Mecanograph New York

All news about Louis Moinet

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Eyes on the prizes, for readers and brands

— Our new monthly competition and news from Only Watch and GPHG 2015
JULY 06, 2015
Louis Moinet Verlator
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International Chronometry Competition

— Louis Moinet nominated for the International Chronometry Competition.
JULY 02, 2015
Louis Moinet, Mecanograph
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Jurassic Watch

— 150 million years on your wrist.
JUNE 10, 2015
Aiguilles de montres
Watch hands

The finer points of creativity under threat

— Despite their modest size, hands play a critical role in defining the style of a watch.
JUNE 03, 2015
Energie Plus winding system
Louis Moinet

Video. "Energie Plus" winding system

— Take a closer look at the "Energie Plus" winding system featured in Louis Moinet's Memoris watch.
MAY 30, 2015
Louis Moinet at Baselworld 2015
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Video. Baselworld 2015

— Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Les Ateliers Louis Moinet, introduces the brand's new models.
MAY 26, 2015
Louis Moinet, Memoris
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Video. Memoris - The first “chronograph-watch”

— The Memoris is the first creation ever to reveal the entire chronograph movement on the dial side.
MAY 23, 2015
Louis Moinet, AstroMoon
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— With AstroMoon, a moon phase tourbillon chronograph, Louis Moinet offers another blend of its exclusive watchmaking skill and groundbreaking aesthetic approach.
MAY 13, 2015
Jean-Marie Schaler, CEO de Louis Moinet
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Translating history

— At Baselworld, WorldTempus talked to Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Louis Moinet, about the success of the brand and its tradition, and the Swiss wachmaking industry in general.
MAY 04, 2015
Derrick Gaz © Ateliers Louis Moinet
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Derrick Gaz

— The tourbillon-powered Derrick Gaz combines automaton and watchmaking prowess.
MARCH 25, 2015
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

Your one-stop shop for Baselworld news

— As we pack our bags for Basel, here is what you can expect on WorldTempus this week.
MARCH 16, 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
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    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....
    FEBRUARY 14, 2015
  • Louis Moinet Vertalor or rose
    Louis Moinet


    — 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
  • Verlator
    Louis Moinet


    — The Vertalor embodies the creative independence of the Ateliers, celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.
    NOVEMBER 17, 2014
  • Ateliers Louis Moinet, à Saint-Blaise © Louis Moinet
    Louis Moinet

    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...
    OCTOBER 22, 2014
  • chronographe ancien

    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
  • Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2014 men's watch category
    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