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September 17, 2012

The Louis Moinet Astralis with Planetarium and four highly-polished rare meteorites

With the spotlight pointed on Mars thanks to the recent historic landing of the space rover Curiosity, Astralis is still the only wristwatch to contain a piece of the Red Planet – a fragment of Martian meteorite that travelled over 55 million kilometers before reaching the Earth!

To date, only 63 meteorite rocks found on Earth have been identified as being from Mars. Louis Moinet has an exclusive collaboration with Luc Labenne, the most celebrated meteorite hunter.

Astralis boasts a planetarium at 6 o’clock containing not one but four highly-polished rare meteorites – Dhofar 459, Itqiy, Sahara 99555 and Jiddat al Harasis 479 – respectively denoting the Moon, the Sun and the planets Mercury and Mars. Sahara 99555 it is the oldest known rock in the entire Solar System, estimated at 4 billion 566 million years, earning it the nickname the «Rosetta Stone» of our Solar System (though we are not certain it originates from Mecury).

First distinctive feature: the 24-hour planetarium
Astralis boasts a planetarium at 6 o’clock containing not one but four highly-polished rare meteorites – Dhofar 459, Itqiy, Sahara 99555 and Jiddat al Harasis 479 – respectively denoting the Moon, the Sun and the planets Mercury and Mars. Sahara 99555 it is the oldest known rock in the entire Solar System, estimated at 4 billion 566 million years, earning it the nickname the «Rosetta Stone» of our Solar System (though we are not certain it originates from Mecury). The Sun is symbolised in the planetarium by a sliver of Itqiy, a beautiful meteorite whose origins remain mysterious. All four of these fragments of extra-terrestrial rocks are unique and mounted on a finely-cut aventurine disk, evoking a starry sky making a one revolution per day.

To celebrate the exploits of Curiosity, Louis Moinet has decided to present a unique set of four unique Astralis timepieces, with the dark brown, silver, dark blue and diamond-speckled black dials. The presentation case for each watch is a work of art in itself: A planetoidal sphere 21 cm in diameter created by sculptor Jean-Yves Kervevan, representing Mars, the Moon, Mercury and the Sun.

Second distinctive feature: Four unique timepieces
To celebrate the exploits of Curiosity, Louis Moinet has decided to present a unique set of four unique Astralis timepieces, with the dark brown, silver, dark blue and diamond-speckled black dials. The presentation case for each watch is a work of art in itself: A planetoidal sphere 21 cm in diameter created by sculptor Jean-Yves Kervevan, representing Mars, the Moon, Mercury and the Sun.

Third distinctive feature: combination of 3 complications
These four collection watches have a combination of complications never seen before: In addition to the 24-hour planetarium there is an astral tourbillon and split-second, column-wheel chronograph. Signature Louis Moinet “Côtes du Jura” engraving embellishes the dial and “Gouttes de Rosée” hands accompany the splitsecond chronograph hand decorated with a shooting star, which activate by pushing the pusher carefully integrated  into the crown. A sapphire glass caseback enables the viewer to admire the exclusive movement LM27, fully redeveloped based on a vintage Venus calibre. The chronograph column wheel and split-second ‘scorpion’ clamps provide ultrasmooth functionality and can be glimpsed through the display back along with a plate engraved with planets which, together with the gold chaton and blued screws, evoke a beautiful night sky.

To celebrate the exploits of Curiosity, Louis Moinet has decided to present a unique set of four unique Astralis timepieces, with the dark brown, silver, dark blue and diamond-speckled black dials. The presentation case for each watch is a work of art in itself: A planetoidal sphere 21 cm in diameter created by sculptor Jean-Yves Kervevan, representing Mars, the Moon, Mercury and the Sun.

Louis Moinet Astralis Technical specifications

Features and functions:

  • Hours, minutes and seconds
  • Split-second, column-wheel chronograph with seconds, split seconds and 30-minute counter
  • 24-hour planetarium
  • Astral tourbillon

Movement and finishing:

  • Louis Moinet Calibre LM27
  • Tourbillon cage: 1 turn/minute
  • Jewels: 31
  • Winding: Hand-winding
  • Oscillations: 21,600vph
  • Frequency: 3 Hz
  • Lines: 14.5
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Escapement: Side lever
  • Oscillator: CuBe two-arm balance wheel, moment of inertia: 10.5 mg/cm2, lever angle 52°
  • Split-second mechanism: Blued steel column-wheel with monobloc split-second ‘scorpion’ clamps
  • Hand-engraved plate
  • Polished jewel sinks
  • Grained brass
  • Blued steel screws

Dial:

  • Planetarium containing fragments of exclusive meteorites: Dhofar 459 (symbolising the Moon), Itqiy (symbolising the Sun), Sahara 99555 (symbolising the Sun), and Jiddat  al Harasis 479 (symbolising Mars)
  • Côtes du Jura guilloche Colours: Moon – black; Mercury – silver; Sun – midnight blue; Mars – Havana
  • Facetted applied hour-markers/hour indices

Case:

  • Diameter: 46.50mm
  • Height: 17.62mm
  • Material: 18K rose gold (Mars and Mercury), 18K white gold (Sun), 18K white gold and 66 Top Wesselton baguette diamonds (3.38 cts) (Moon)
  • Comprising 50 elements that are meticulously assembled
  • Facets softened by the work of the master polisher
  • Sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment
  • Case diameter: 46.50mm
  • Case thickness: 17.62mm
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Caseback: Secured with 7 screws, engraved with the individual number and Louis Moinet symbols
  • Crown guard: patent pending
  • Pusher inside crown activates split-second chronograph
  • Champagne cork chronograph pushers with compass rose motif

Hands:

  • Gouttes de Rosée» hour and minute hands
  • Shooting star» split-second chronograph hand

Bracelet:

  • Louisiana alligator leather, hand-stitched
  • Colours: Moon – black; Mercury – Havana brown; Sun – midnight blue; Mars – Havana brown
  • Buckle: 18k gold and black titanium double folding clasp

Presentation box:

  • Presented in a resin-cast, planetoidal box handcrafted by artist Jean-Yves Kervévan. All four unique pieces – Mars, Mercury, Moon and Sun – are, in turn, presented in a leather-bound wooden cabinet

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