As well as being passionate about writing and design I am also a real film fanatic. In fact, the subject of my dissertation focused on Cary Grant and his valuable contribution to light comedy. That is why I am eager to watch a movie called ‘First Man’ starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle. The storyline chronicles (legendary American Astronaut) Neil Armstrong’s epic journey to become the first person to walk on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969. However, 5 years before (on March 18, 1965) this historical event occurred Alexey Leonov, performed the worlds first spacewalk. This achievement has been celebrated by Louis Moinet in the shape of a beautiful watch called the ‘Spacewalker’.
It would be a massive understatement to say that I am a huge admirer of Jean-Marie Schaller and what he has achieved with Louis Moinet. As well as being acknowledged as one of nicest guys in the watch industry he is also exceptionally creative. He also shares the same humility displayed by Louis Moinet now officially recognised as being the inventor of the chronograph. When I met Jean-Marie a few years ago it was clearly obvious he was committed to shining a light on these unforgotten heroes. That is why it is no surprise that (through his work) he was inspired to dedicate one of his amazing timepieces to Alexey Leonov.
Normally when I share articles on watch forums views are polarised and sometimes readers vocalise their views. However, no one can dispute the talents of Jean-Marie/Louis Moinet. Essentially that is because they create wonderful timepieces and the ‘Spacewalker’ is no exception. Aesthetically this watch is absolutely phenomenal and is characteristic of the brand. The hand-painted Celestial dial, that represents (with a touch of artistic license) the stars in the sky on Alexey Leonov 12 minutes and 9 seconds spacewalk is a triumph. Other meticulous details include trademark “dewdrop” hour/minute hands and a mesmerising oversized satellite tourbillon with revolving diamond that represents (Alexey Leonov himself). This entire splendour is encapsulated in a glorious 47.4mm 18-karat white/rose gold case. For discerning collectors, there is also an opportunity to own a special engraved limited edition (12 pieces).
Beneath the luxurious façade beats a highly complicated Swiss made manual winding movement. The Calibre LM48 comprises 20-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. Functionally the ‘Spacewalker’ features hours, minutes and a power reserve of 72-hours. This incredible watch is also water resistant to a depth of 50-metres. As a perfect finishing touch the timepiece has a black alligator strap with complimentary 18-karat gold folding buckle.
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