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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. The Maison takes the concept of exclusivity to its height, producing only limited editions.

About

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. In 1816 Louis Moinet completed his "compteur de tierces", recognised as the world's first chronograph.

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.

1768
Louis Moinet born.
1816
Louis Moinet produces the world's first chronograph, the "compteur de tierces".
1848
Publication of the Traité d'Horlogerie.
1853
Louis Moinet dies.
2008
Ateliers Louis Moinet founded.
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.

Collections

Astralis

This collection, with a round case and tourbillon, features a guilloche dial against which its gold hand and hour marker stand out.

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.

Jurassic Tourbillon

In a combination of watchmaking and palaeontology, this timepiece features a dial made from a dinosaur fossil bone.

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.

Tempograph

The Tempograph is the first round timepiece in the history of watchmaking to feature a 10-second retrograde complication.

Treasures of the World

This collection of unique timepieces comprises watches with a dial made from brightly-coloured semi-precious stones.

Vertalis Tourbillon

The tourbillon in the Vertalis is spectacularly revealed through its openwork cage.

Watches

  • Trends and style

    Louis Moinet Whisky Watch

    In partnership with Wealth Solutions, Louis Moinet unveiled a wristwatch with a drop of the world’s oldest whisky, called the Whisky Watch, a limited edition of 50 pieces.

    12 April 2017

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    Louis Moinet Space Mystery

    when the mysteries of the universe are represented in a watch...

    10 April 2017