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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

Jean-Marie Schaller created Les Ateliers Louis Moinet in St-Blaise (NE) in 2004. The fully independent firm was established to honour the memory of Louis Moinet (1768-1853): master watchmaker, inventor of the chronograph and high frequency (216,000 vibrations per hour) (certified by Guinness World Records™). Louis Moinet was a watchmaker, artist and astronomer. He is the author of the Traité d’Horlogerie, a watchmaking treatise published in 1848 that remained a definitive work of reference for a century.

Today, Ateliers Louis Moinet is perpetuating this legacy. The firm’s mechanical timepieces are produced as one-of-a-kind models or limited editions only and comprise two categories: “Cosmic Art” and “Mechanical Wonders”.

This uniquely creative mechanical approach combined with bespoke fine watchmaking has enabled Louis Moinet to win over 40 of the world’s most prestigious, including a UNESCO Award of Merit, six Red Dot Design Awards (including one Best of the Best Award), a Horological Creativity Contribution Award, gold and bronze medals in the International Chronometry Competition, ten Good Design Awards, four Middle East Watch of the Year Awards, two Robb Report “Best of the Best” Awards, three German Design Awards, a Moscow Grand Prix Award, and a “Chronograph of the year” distinction from Begin Magazine, Japan.

1768
Birth of Louis Moinet in Bourges, France.
1806
The clock made for Napoleon Bonaparte signalled Louis Moinet as a master horologist.
1816
Creation of the first ever chronograph, the "Compteur de Tierces", used for making observations of the stars and planets.
1848
Publication of the Traité d’Horlogerie, reputed to be the finest watchmaking treatise of its century. Louis Moinet devoted twenty years of his life to writing the two volumes, still a reference for watchmakers today.
1853
Louis Moinet died in Paris, on May 21st, at the age of 85. He is regarded as one of the most capable watchmakers of his time.
2004
Les Ateliers Louis Moinet SA founded by Jean-Marie Schaller in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland.
2013
International press conference to announce the invention of the chronograph, in 1816, by Louis Moinet.
2016
Louis Moinet was awarded the Guinness World Record for the world's first ever chronograph.
2020
Louis Moinet was awarded a second Guinness World Record for the "First High-Frequency Stopwatch".
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 or unique pieces. The brand's cardinal values are creativity, exclusivity, art and design.

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Cosmic Art

Cosmic Art are out-of-this-world creations incorporating extraterrestrial fragments (meteorites), genuine space conquest-flown material and involving cooperation with legendary cosmonauts and and astronauts.

Mechanical Wonders

Mechanical Wonders are outstanding and unique mechanisms merged with powerful designs to forge strong character.

Watches

Louis Moinet - The Man

A remarkable man born to farmers in Bourges, France, he was destined for great things. Besides the fact he was a horological master of his day, was also known as a master of art having studied architecture, sculpture and painting. He even tried his hand at stone engraving, which he also mastered. Following that he became a professor off fine arts in Paris, further showing this young man’s amazing skills and eye for the beautiful.

After his watchmaking career was established he became close friends and a personal confidant to Swiss horologist Abraham Louis Breguet. Know as the pioneer of chronometry he was respected by his peers, he is often labeled the watchmaker’s watchmaker due to his exceptionally high caliber of craftsmanship.

His watches and clocks have graced the shelves and pockets of great men and women of old. Kings, presidents and military leaders have all been clients. Today they can still be found in museums around the world. There is even an example which is sitting in the White House, the residence of the President of the United States of America.

The Brand

As a brand today they are know for their limited edition pieces which balance art and engineering and the result is beautiful. Known for using exceptional rare materials from dinosaur bone to fossilized wood, they are constantly pushing the boundaries of horology, as was the man himself all those decades ago.

Across the collection watches are offered in steel, rose gold, yellow gold and platinum.

Always striving for exclusivity, the brand’s ultimate example would have to be the dial of the Astralis model. A fragment of the Sahara 955 meteorite is used which is estimated to be 4.6 billion years old, which would make it the oldest rock in our solar system to date.

The Geograph

The Geograph range of timepieces features a chronograph and dual-time function which is displayed via a serpentine hand. The movement is based on an ETA caliber and finished to their own standards.

The Geograph Rainforest is a shining example of true beauty, featuring a Côtes du Jura guillouche on the dial. The sub dials of this model are constructed from fossilized palm wood and finished with rose gold accents making this a truly unique piece.

The Mecanograph

The Mecanograph is an automatic 3 handed offering which does not fail to impress. It features a half open face dial with central hour and minute display and off-set subsidiary seconds hand at 9 o’clock.

The mecanograph movement is an exceptionally well finished in-house caliber which showcases what sets this brand above others.

The mecanograh features beautiful skeletonized bridges held in place with blued screws help highlight the well finished wheels and give an inside look into the heart of the beating watch.

Louis Moinet - The Future

Much like the man himself in the past, the brand now is constantly striving towards bigger and better things. Since the founding of the company in its current form in 2008 consumers have not been disappointed. As they move into the future we will see bigger and better things, pushing those boundaries which is in keeping with the brands ethos as they continue their creative approach to carry on a name attached to so much rich horological history.