The Chinese dragon has undergone several metamorphoses over the last three millennia.
After a thousand years, the dragon’s egg hatched and produced a marine reptile resembling a giant lizard, the Mosasaurus. Now extinct, it cruised the ocean depths during the Mesozoïc era, measuring up to 18 metres. Authentic fossilized mosasaurus teeth, like those first discovered in Maastricht in 1764, now decorate the body of the dragon engraved on the dial of this Louis Moinet Tourbillon, offered in a limited series of 12 pieces.
Swiss-based watch manufacturer Louis Moinet, creates limited-edition haute horlogerie, taking their lead from the pioneering work by the illustrious 19th century watchmaker of the same name. The brand’s creations feature innovative technology and exotic materials. Tempograph is the world’s only 10-second retrograde while Astralis features a 24-hour planetarium containing genuine galactic meteorites.
Hand-wound tourbillon movement. Pink gold case. Hours, minutes. Hand-engraved dial with fossilised Mosasaurus teeth fragments and black jade elements. Hand-stitched Louisiana alligator strap. Retail prices for the Dragon Tourbillon: CHF 260,000 USD 260,000 € 229,000
Dragon Tourbillon Technical Specifications
Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive tourbillon, winding mechanism with octopus spring visible through the back, lateral lever escapement, 21,600 vib/h, Côtes du Jura motif, blued steel screws, 72-hour power-reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Case: 18K pink gold, original Louis Moinet® design, 59 elements, 47 mm Anti-reflective sapphire crystal Numbered, engraved sapphire back. Water-resistant to 30 metres
Dial: Hand-engraved dragon / Body of dragon decorated with fossilised mosasaurus teeth fragments / Black jade elements / Tourbillon cage (1 r.p.m.) at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap: Hand-stitched Louisiana alligator with 18k pink gold folding clasp