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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.


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.

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Louis Moinet produces the world's first chronograph, the "compteur de tierces".
Publication of the Traité d'Horlogerie.
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Ateliers Louis Moinet founded.

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.



The Geograph is an automatic GMT – made particularly visible by blue hands on a grey gold guilloche back.


On its single dial, this timepiece features a skeleton chronograph on the left and a traditional guilloche finish on the right.


This timepiece features a stone moon phase – made from a piece of actual meteorite.


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.


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

Vertalor 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.

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.


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.