Recently I launched an exclusive leather brand that is presently under development. As part of the project, I have created several large digital artworks. These pieces included contributions from a range of high-profile architects, automotive designers and sculptors. My prime objective was to achieve a snapshot of what a future universe might look like. As a huge film buff, I was inspired by iconic movies like Blade Runner, Star Wars and Total Recall. The latter is set on Mars, which is a fascinating planet because it has a red aesthetic. As well as appealing to astronomers it has also inspired watchmakers. A fantastic example is the phenomenal Mars Mission from luxury brand Louis Moinet.
Within the world of horology, there are many talented watchmakers and I would say Jean-Marie Schaller is a leading light. His biography makes very interesting reading indeed. It ranges from winning the best student award at business college to working for prestigious companies like Daniel Roth, Lacoste Omega and Perrelet. This was a perfect springboard to establish Louis Moinet, which first operated from his living room. Subsequently, the brand has grown exponentially and won numerous awards including two Guinness Book World Records. The Mars Mission continues Jean-Marie’s fascinating odyssey.
One of my favourite watches of the last few years is the Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Konstantin Chaykin. This amazing timepiece has a really futuristic appearance and actually displays time on Mars. The Mars Mission from Louis Moinet has a more traditional façade but in my opinion, is equally impressive. What makes this timepiece so special is the multi-layered dial inspired by detailed photos of Mars taken in 1965 by the Mariner 4 probe. Realistic mars-like textures have been achieved by master engravers. Other features include an open-worked chapter ring and real fragments of Mars meteorite suspended in a cage created by Daniel Haas.
Beneath the well-proportioned 45.4mm stainless steel case lies a sophisticated self-winding movement. The Caliber LM45 comprises 22-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations an hour. This refined mechanism has Côtes de Genève, diamond-polished chamfers, circular satin-finished wheels and circular graining (that’s perfectly showcased via the sapphire crystal exhibition case back). Functionally the Mars Mission features hours, minutes and seconds. The watch also has a power reserve of 48 hours and is water resistant to a depth of 50-metres. To complete the picture the timepiece is presented on an Alligator strap with a complimentary stainless steel folding clasp.