In the vast expanse of nothingness which we call cosmos, there exists a phenomenon that has captivated mankind’s imagination for centuries- the arrival of meteorites on Earth. These celestial visitors, fragments of otherworldly bodies, bring with them not only scientific insights but also a sense of wonder and a connection to the far reaches of the universe.
There’s something incredibly profound about the beauty that comes straight from nature’s intangible expanse, has taken millions of years to form, travels light years to arrive and is impossible to recreate here on earth.
By comparison, humanity as we know is just a spec in the eye of an aging universe, so vast and so old that we can never truly appreciate or understand its magnificence nor its magnitude. It is both truly wonderful and utterly terrifying. When the little slices of it make their way to our reach, get adorned on masterful horological creations, they act as beautiful and haunting reminders of the fact that we mere mortals are infinitesimal and exist within an endless space of which we have just scratched the surface.
When the tiny fragments of meteorite rocks, scattered across our planet get embellished on watch dials, they act like time capsules that have traversed the cosmos, carrying tales of distant worlds and cosmic histories. They now get employed for expressing the worldly notion of time which in reality compares as an infancy to the ageless aura of the space where meteorites come from.
A Timepiece To Affirm The Passion For Cosmos
Louis Moinet’s latest creation, the Cosmopolis is a wearable microcosm of an expanding macrocosm. It is tangible evidence that our beloved and unfortunately ailing planet is part of a dynamic, interconnected universe where matter and energy continuously get exchanged. This watch, which features twelve meteorite fragments on its dial, inspires a sense of wonder and curiosity, inviting us to explore the depths of space and uncover the secrets of our celestial neighbors.
The Louis Moinet Cosmopolis invites us to embark on an odyssey of discovery, a quest to understand our place in the universe and the mysteries that lie beyond. Never before has a timepiece been created like the Cosmopolis which has earned the prestigious Guinness World Record title for the “most meteorite inserts in a watch”. In its own right, the watch is a literal piece of space rock embellished with the mechanical mastery of expressing the true dimension which connects us all, time.
The Maison and its Masters
Born in 1768 in Bourges,Louis Moinet was an astronomer, an accomplished watchmaker and even a sculptor. His masterful creations graced the wrists of kings, queens and extremely eminent figures of the time. His watchmaking prowess can best be expressed by the fact that whenever Abraham-Louis Breguet introduced Louis Moinet, he would refer to him as the best watchmaker in Paris, after himself.
Among the most remarkable of Louis Moinet’s creations includes the Compteur de Tierces, completed in 1816. The mechanism was the first high-frequency timepiece which beat at a mind-boggling rate of 216,000vph. It was later discovered that the high frequency timepiece was a chronograph as well, making it the first ever to be made.
In the medieval town of Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, lies the modern home for Les Ateliers Louis Monet. For its Founder and CEO Jean-Marie Schaller, restarting the second chapter of the Maison was a ‘call of destiny’. Inspired and guided by a courageous vision which played like a symphony in his mind, he expresses that it was Louis Moinet who ignited the ambition and made him embark on an adventure which involved hunting down historical evidence of Louis Moinet’s achievements.
In 2000, he restarted the company from a blank sheet of paper with an aim to continue and preserve Louis Moinet’s historical heritage. The modern-day iterations of Louis Moinet’s vision exist around myriad emotions. The creations and timepieces are split into two groups: Cosmic Art and Mechanical Wonders.
It is easy to guess that chronographs remain a speciality for the Manufacture at Louis Moinet. The modern creations from the house embody an aura of being faithful to the roots and at the same time to be open to the contemporary.
Assembling The Heavenly Treasures Into a Unique Timepiece
The Louis Moinet Cosmopolis
Posing as a tangible connection between our world and the infinite universe, the Louis Moinet Cosmopolis features a dial arrangement of 12 meteorite fragments. This celestial theater offering a galactic constellation, features at the center the rarest and most captivating stone of all- a lunar meteorite. Of the remaining 11 stones, 10 grace the periphery while a black chondrite offers the stealth backdrop for its delicate tourbillon cage.
This arrangement of the rarest of rare meteorites is emblematic of the cosmic art allure at Les Ateliers Louis Monet. Jean-Marie Schaller has an incredible collection of more than 30 meteorites that tell so many interesting stories.
Here is a list of the outstanding 12 fragments placed on the timepiece which have traversed from the depths of space to embrace of Earth:
– Dhofar 461 – Moon (Oman)
– Dhofar 1674 – Mars (Oman)
– Allende – Meteorite Shower (Mexico)
– Erg Chech – Asteroid (Algeria)
– Jbilet Winselman – Asteroid (Morocco)
– Isheyevo – Asteroid (Russia)
– Aletai Armanty – Asteroid (China)
– Guas Zarcas – Meteorite Shower (Costa Rica)
– Ibeon – Asteroid (Namibia)
– Toluca – Asteroid (Mexico)
– Sahara 97093 – Asteroid (Sahara Desert)
– Black Chondrite L5 – Asteroid (Sahara Desert)
The Machine Within The Cosmic Drape
Scripting a coherent tale of cosmic grandeur enveloping fine watchmaking excellence, the Louis Moinet Cosmopolis with its double barrel hand-wound caliber packs the watchmaking industry’s biggest flex, a tourbillon. Off-centered at the sub dial at 6 o’clock, the flying tourbillon defies gravitational influences to render an accurate time measurement.
The two barrels powering the timepiece to an impressive autonomy of 96 hours are arranged in a ‘volte-face’ geometry wherein one barrel occurs upside down over the other. The mechanism with its cosmic wonders is packed in a 40mm 18-ct, 5N rose-gold case graced with elaborate satinated and mirror polished surfaces. The domed sapphire like the one featured on Louis Moinet’s chronograph pieces occupies the large proportion of the watch’s surface and offers an uninterpreted view of the meteorite embellishments.
Cosmic Creativity And Horological Inventiveness
Each and every meteorite to ever have journeyed through space and having endured a fiery descent through Earth’s atmosphere is a cosmic storyteller. These celestial rocks preserve the history of our universe and connect us to its grandeur. Surrounded by curiosity, rarity and desirability, when these fragments find themselves embellished on wearable works of art such as the Louis Moinet Cosmopolis, a new dimension of time telling expression is unearthed.
In the end, the Louis Moinet Cosmopolis is not just a horological frontier, it is a source of inspiration, wonder and awe. As we look up at the stars and ponder the mysteries of the universe, we are reminded that the cosmos is not just out there, but thanks to the inventive geniuses and dreamers at Louis Moinet, also on our wrists.