The one observation about the world of horology I have made over the last few years is how transient it is. For example, I have had in depth conversations with many senior managers who have waxed lyrical about their brands timepieces. They have eloquently given me a synopsis of the company history and why their watches are so special. However, in many cases (not all) there seems to be a lack of conviction in their messages. That is why it is no surprise to find out that many of these people are now working in completely unrelated industries. Obviously I am generalizing to make a point but I do find that a lot of independent watchmakers are more passionate about their work compared to…big brands. A prime example is the owner of Louis Moinet Jean-Marie Schaller.
As I have mentioned in many recent articles I didn’t make the epic journey from Australia to Baselworld this year. Primarily this is because I have reconfigured my website to feature more design and am working on other projects. Nevertheless, I have kept a keen eye on new releases and was certainly impressed by Louis Moinet’s fabulous new Sideralis.
Like most of Louis Moinet’s creations there is a meticulous attention to detail. Jean-Marie Schaller is clearly a fan of classical design and this is translated in his timepieces. The Sideralis is a relatively large watch that has an 18-karat white gold case measuring 47.4mm. Certainly these proportions give the timepiece a majestic appearance that should appeal to discerning collectors. I absolutely love the incredible hand painted dial, which gives a miniature representation of the universe. It also acts as a perfect backdrop for the dual exposed tourbillon indication.
Powering the watch is a complicated in house manufactured manual winding movement. The Caliber LM47 comprises 36-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. This exquisite 237-part mechanism has Côtes de Genève decoration and is visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally the watch features hours, minutes and double 60-second rotating tourbillon carriages. The timepiece also has a power reserve of 72-hours and is water resistant to a depth of 30 metres.
The Sideralis is limited to only 28 pieces and has a hand stitched Louisiana alligator leather with a 18K gold folding clasp.
For more information about Louis Moinet visit the company’s website: http://www.louismoinet.com