For the brand’s first participation in Only Watch, Louis Moinet has put up for auction a unique piece made like an artistic vision of the Earth’s satellite.

Only Watch, the charity auction organised to help research into myopathies, gives watchmakers an opportunity to produce a unique model with a strong power of attraction with the aim of raising as much money for the cause as possible. So, on 11 November in Geneva, Louis Moinet will be giving bidders a chance to acquire a watch with an unusual personality, the Metropolis Only Watch. Its name takes us on a journey to the world of the imagination, the world of cinema. But the brand’s aim is to help us travel to the moon of our childhood. The watch embodies an artistic vision of the Earth’s satellite. The dial is the visible side of the moon while the back shows the dark, hidden side.

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The timepiece is adorned with a cut out and gilded dial, like a crescent moon, which has then been hammered out by hand to reproduce moon craters. To complete the metaphor, the craters have been filled with authentic meteorite fragments from the queen of the night. The composition is topped by a pair of blued steel hour and minute hands with a “Goutte de rosée“ (dew drop) tip, Louis Moinet’s regular trade mark. The hands point towards a black spangled chapter ring evoking a starry sky.

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On the back of the 43.2mm case of the Metropolis Only Watch, we can see the rotor decorated with a concentric Clous de Paris pattern and a fragment from a moon meteorite adorning the LM31 movement. This self-winding mechanical calibre is certified by the COSC and was first used on the Mecanograph model released in 2014. It provides 48 hours of power reserve.

Estimation: 17,000 CHF – 27,000 CHF www.louismoinet.com

By Dan Diaconu