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Louis Moinet: The Space Revolution

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October 2020


Louis Moinet: The Space Revolution

We already knew that Jean-Marie Schaller, the CEO of Louis Moinet – named after the astronomercum-watchmaker who had more or less fallen into oblivion – was mad about space, stars, astronauts, Martian meteorites and even fragments of T-Rex and other fossilised dinosaurs. But with his Space Revolution, he has gone one step farther and demonstrated that his obsession with space-time can result in timepieces like no other. This is certainly the case of this double flying tourbillon in constant rotation, the carriages of which take the form of satellites.

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e already knew that Jean-Marie Schaller, the CEO of Louis Moinet – named after the astronomercum-watchmaker who had more or less fallen into oblivion – was mad about space, stars, astronauts, Martian meteorites and even fragments of T-Rex and other fossilised dinosaurs. But with his Space Revolution, he has gone one step farther and demonstrated that his obsession with space-time can result in timepieces like no other. This is certainly the case of this double flying tourbillon in constant rotation, the carriages of which take the form of satellites.

Flying over them at regular intervals are two space vessels straight out of a science fiction film, moving in opposite directions and crossing over one another 18 times an hour. The upper spacecraft completes one clockwise revolution every five minutes, the lower one an anti-clockwise revolution every ten minutes.

Hand-wound movement. 48-hour power reserve. Displays hours and minutes.
Hand-wound movement. 48-hour power reserve. Displays hours and minutes.

The two space vessels weigh barely 0.8 grams each. They are made from titanium, then coloured by the application of a “hybrid ceramic”. A floating flange inserted between the cylinder and the domed sapphire crystal, which allows us to contemplate this ballet from the side, accentuates the sense of the void in which the satellites and spacecraft orbit. Two oscillators with a differential mechanism, six ceramic ball bearings – in total 470 components set in a polished, satin-finished 41mm gold case.

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