Louis Moinet Derrick Gaz
Epic in its technical and aesthetic presentation, the Louis Moinet Derrick Gaz watch deftly blends the art of high watchmaking, automatons and whimsy. The tourbillon watch replicates the extraction of gas from the ground through a derrick (crafted in sculptured gold and rising up on the left side of the watch). The material then journeys past the constantly moving drill, and along the pipeline (the tourbillon bridge) to the right side of the dial where it is deposited into a valve handle, or tube, and stored in a tank made from polished 3161L stainless steel. Winding the watch turns the valve handle, as if to regulate the energy supply to the watch, while a manometer on the derrick indicates the power reserve for the watch. The watch is powered by a 255-part LM42 movement (designed and built in house), and lives in a patented 47mm Louis Moinet 18-karat gold case. Just two versions – each in an edition of 28 pieces – are available.
$290,000 | 1.561.212.6812 | www.louismoinet.com
Louis Moinet Memoris
Last year, Louis Moinet rewrote the history of the chronograph with the discovery that watchmaker Louis Moinet, actually invented the chronograph in 1816 – years before the world had come to believe it had been invented. This powerful realization inspired the brand to build the world-premiere Memoris – wherein the entire chronograph function of the watch resides on the dial side. This means that every function of the monopusher column-wheel chronograph can be viewed as soon as the pusher is pressed. This unique creation required more than 300 new components to be made for the movement, including 147 parts for chronograph. The challenges in bringing the watch to fruition were numerous, including developing a special Energie Plus winding system. The 18-karat rose gold case of the Memoris is also newly developed and consists of more than 50 parts.
$55,000 | 1.561.212.6812 | www.louismoinet.com