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Pequignet marks 40 years of the Moorea with new collection

March 2024


Pequignet marks 40 years of the Moorea with new collection

To celebrate its anniversary, this timeless timepiece reinvents itself through a redesigned and modernised collection, equipped for the first time with the Calibre Initial®, the third movement designed and developed by the French brand.

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rue to its fundamentals, the new Moorea pays homage to this heritage while adopting a design of a great modernity. Created in 1984 by Émile Péquignet, Moorea, with its unique style, has significantly contributed to the success of Maison Pequignet. Its elegant shape, the fluidness and purity of its slender curves contribute to the charm of this collection.

Available in both feminine and masculine versions, Moorea has been regularly reinterpreted over the years. It has consistently preserved its core elements, more particularly its renowned bracelet, with links connected by elegant metal grains.

With its innovative design, the Moorea bracelet is the signature of this collection. As a technical marvel, it consists of links connected by small oblong interlinks. This elegantly crafted bracelet is also remarkably comfortable.

Originally offered in three rows and later in one or two rows, it gave its name to the now famous «Maille Moorea», which has become a strong symbol of Maison Pequignet over the years. Today, this bracelet stands as a reference in the world of horology.

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By breaking conventions and daring the unexpected union of gold and steel, Moorea is the perfect embodiment of the free and inspired style of Pequignet.

For its 40th anniversary, Moorea makes its comeback in the spotlight of the horological stage. Pequignet’s designers have worked on the design to offer this model a new and even more appealing line.

Completely redesigned, this new collection unveils seven references, including four models measuring 25 mm with a two-row bracelet and three models of 38.5 mm with a three-row bracelet. Pequignet also wished to return to the origins of Moorea by faithfully preserving the strong codes that have made this collection successful.

The signature bracelet and the subtle combination of gold and steel are, of course, preserved. These two style elements still stand out on this new version. Indeed, Moorea 2024 evolves with subtlety.

Perfection lies in the details, and for this new Moorea, Pequignet pays them a very special attention.

The 2024 collection aims for a more graphic design. The angles feature more pronounced edges, and the link’s proportion are very slightly readjusted. It is now presented with a delicately chamfered definition. The distribution of brushed and polished surfaces is finely revisited to better play with light.

One of the most significant changes is linked to the bezel, becoming almost horizontal, and refined because of the Roman numeral indices’ removal. The lugs regain their «ears», and the date display returns to 6 o’clock, its elegant original position.

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Ultimately, the new Moorea gains greater strength and sobriety.

Regarding the movement, Moorea 2024 plays the variety card. This year, for the first time, the range welcomes a unique horological version equipped with the in-house Calibre Initial®. It is the third movement designed by the manufacture and developed and assembled in Morteau. The Calibre Initial® perfectly reflects Pequignet’s innovation capacity. This prestigious bidirectional winding movement offers a «weekend-proof» power reserve of 65 hours. It features a date window with semi-instantaneous display driven by a patented complication integrated into the Calibre Initial®. It meets the durability requirement set by the Maison, with all its components sourced within 80 km of the manufacture. Moreover, 72% of them are French.

This «manufactured» version of Moorea is absolutely unprecedented, perfectly illustrating the «artist-engineer» expertise of Pequignet. Moorea is also available in a quartz version for its smaller models (diameter: 25mm).

For its 40th anniversary, Moorea returns rejuvenated and modernised, with the same grace and character. This heritage model from Pequignet rediscovers the purity of its lines and reconnects with its fundamentals. This collection opens a new chapter in the Moorea saga.

Moorea 2024 is undeniably a Moorea - it continues to embody the timeless elegance dear to Pequignet.

Pequignet embodies a French vision of time: the time we dare to dedicate to ourselves, the time we draw away from. Pequignet is designed for independent spirits, those who seek to assert their freedom, emancipate themselves from conventions, and stand out without showing off. Pequignet aims to offer an uninhibited Haute Horlogerie experience in its own distinctive way.

Retail prices (including French VAT):
• 25 mm quartz models: from 1,900 euros to 3 100 euros
• 38,5 mm automatic models powered by the Calibre Initial®: from 3,900 euros to 5,900 euros

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

CASE

  • Diameter: 25 mm
  • 316L polish steel
  • Polish finish of the case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Crown with embossed « fleur-de-lys » logo
  • Crown protection

DIAL

  • Opaline white
  • Steel polish hour and minute’s hands, Super-Luminova BGW9 (blue)

MOVEMENT

  • Swiss quartz ETA E61.031

WATER RESISTANCE

  • 10 ATM

THICKNESS

  • 6.25 mm

CASEBACK

  • Secured by 6 screws (Pequignet logo with black engraving)

STRAP

  • 2-row steel

CLASP

  • Polish steel folding buckle with « fleur-de-lys» logo

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