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Louis Moinet Mobilis

As I mentioned in my recent ‘Baselworld Highlights 2017’ article I was unable to attend the show this year. It is a massive shame because it is a totally enchanting experience. When I visited the fair a couple of years ago I was amazed at the level of creativity and amount of diversity. Sure there is a huge corporate element, which is especially visible in Hall 1. However, once you visit the peripheral halls and neighboring Ramada Hotel it is a truly different story. Ultimately, these designers and craftsmen are completely committed to the art of fine watchmaking. A perfect example can be found in Jean-Marie Schaller who is the owner/founder of the brand Louis Moinet.

Even though I have only met Jean-Marie Schaller once (very briefly at Baselworld) it is obvious he is the real deal. Not only is he very passionate about creating miniature horological works of art, he is also very approachable. Impressively he created Louis Moinet from his living room and has grown the business exponentially. Ultimately this is because he designs timepieces which perfectly combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with contemporary styling. This is why watch connoisseurs feel these wonderful timepieces are an essential addition to their collections. Certainly I feel the newly released Mobilis (which is limited to only 12 pieces) will sell out exceptionally quickly.

As with all of Louis Moinet’s timepieces the attention to detail on the Mobilis is absolutely meticulous. I love all the brands watches but this definitely has to be one of my favorites. The open worked “Clous de Paris” decorated dial is a revelation. As are the seemingly floating exposed double flying tourbillon’s that give the piece a refined minimalistic skeletonized appearance. Other features include exquisite “Gouttes de Rosée” hour/ minute hands and domed sapphire crystal. This entire splendor is encapsulated in an extravagant 47.4 mm 18 karat white gold case.

The Mobilis has a high quality black alligator leather strap with matching 18-karat gold folding clasp buckle. Priced for the discerning at: 245,000 CHF (approximately $244,265).

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