he Jules Verne tourbillons constitute a trilogy of watchmaking gems, each of which takes you on a unique artistic journey. The first in the series is the model named “To the moon”, featuring a lunar meteorite of outstanding rarity.
“The future owners can personalise their watch by choosing from an exclusive selection of rare materials for the dial. This will make that watch absolutely unique. For the Jules Verne “To the moon” tourbillon, the dial becomes a canvas upon which the organic patterns of the lunar meteorite merge with the harmonious and regular lines of a traditional guilloché.” Jean-Marie Schaller, owner and Creative Director of Louis Moinet.
The Jules Verne tourbillons were designed to be personalised. At the centre of the dial is a space that allows the future owner to select a unique stone disc cut from either a lunar meteorite, an opal, or a lapis lazuli. Only eight discs of each material, handcrafted and revealing a unique pattern, will be offered.
The central disc of these Jules Verne tourbillons will be set in a peripheral guilloché. This rigorous craft involves carefully producing enchanting motifs by engraving gentle grooves on a metallic surface. The guillocheur then applies a translucid varnish to the surface, which adds depth and brilliance to the decoration.
The Jules Verne “To the moon” tourbillon connects us to outer space thanks to its dial featuring the lunar meteorite. Eight individual fragments of this very rare material originating from the moon provide a unique option for making the watch one of a kind. Indeed, each stone slice unveils a mysterious marbled structure that creates a special relationship with that ever-changing heavenly body that shows itself most nights.
The guilloché pattern surrounding the meteorite draws the eye by subtly playing with ambient light. It consists of regular arches coated in a green, translucid varnish.
The Jules Verne tourbillons feature an off-centre flying tourbillon that defies gravity in a startling and fascinating manner. The hand-wound mechanism has a double barrel spring. The system, known as volte-face, has one barrel mounted upside down over the other. They discharge their energy simultaneously, delivering a power reserve of ninety-six hours.
These outstanding works of art are framed by a 5N, 18K rose-gold case with a diameter of 40 millimetres and exhibiting flowing and taut lines. The domed sapphire crystal, itself an impressive technical feat, gives a full view of the tourbillon and many other fascinating details of the dial. As for the openworked lugs, they underscore the integration of the strap.
18-carat 5N rose gold | Polished and satin-finished
DIAL & HANDS
Guilloché under translucent green varnish, centre in lunar meteorite
Hours, minutes, faceted and skeletonised, with luminescent matter
Hours | Minutes | Flying tourbillon
Hand-wound with double barrel
28,800 vibrations per hour