Louis Moinet Geograph
The Louis Moinet Geograph Ref LM-24.30.55 is equipped with a chronograph and dual-time function. When presented with two versions of the Geograph, Angus Davies found it difficult to choose between both options.
This detailed review of the Louis Moinet Geograph Ref LM-24.30.55 includes live images, specification details and pricing.
I am an only child and this often elicits knowing glances. Theoretically, I should be a little spoilt and should also find it difficult forming friendships. However, I don’t think I subscribe to either of these stereotypes.
Conversely, not every child with siblings will feel a compunction to compete. Some children are ‘comfortable in their own skin’ and never view their brothers and sisters as rivals, merely individuals who share the same parents.
When it comes to purchasing a wristwatch, competition between two watches can occur not only between brands but sometimes between models within the same company’s collection. Recently, I held two watches in my hands, both from Louis Moinet, both Geograph models and found it hard to favour one in preference to the other.
One of the timepieces, the ‘Australian Edition’, Ref LM-24.10.2A had been sold and could only be handled for a few moments prior to final checking and dispatch. The other model, Ref LM-24.30.55 was made available for longer and I was allowed to appraise its form in close detail.
The dial is like a black sea, adorned with a wave-like pattern, termed Côtes du Jura motif. The hour and minutes are communicated using Gouttes de Rosée hands, which are lined with white fill and exhibit a wonderful degree of style and good taste.
This timepiece is equipped with a dual-time function, employing a Serpentine hand with a crescent shaped tip, displaying the ‘home’ time on a 24-hour track. At 6 o’clock, a golden sun motif indicates the daylight hours which are marked with a matching area of the track from 0600 hours to 1800 hours. The nocturnal hours are shown with a blue section of the track from 1800 hour to 0600 hours and presented with a corresponding moon motif beneath noon. Everything is clear, simple to interpret and elegantly conveyed.
A small seconds display resides at 9 o’clock, adjacent a date display. The scale of the small running seconds does not lend itself to reading off individual seconds, but it can be used for measuring longer periods. In truth, the need to measure elapsed seconds is ably met with the central chronograph seconds hand.
Featuring a lovelyopen-worked counterweight, the central chronograph seconds hand is as slender as a conductor’s baton. Its supremely svelte tip proves most adept at interacting with the chapter ring encircling the dial, making the read off of seconds and ¼ second integers very easy.
While technically the dial is a tri-compax layout, the diminutive size of the small seconds display makes the dial appear more like a bi-compax design. By placing the dominant subdials, a 30-minute register and 12-hour register, the former above the latter, the layout confers a beautiful balance and symmetry. Indeed, everything is presented with sublime symmetry and proves breathtakingly handsome.
The case of the Geograph measures a substantial 46.5mm in diameter with a height of 17.07mm. This size may prove too great for some would-be purchasers, but I personally found its scale and weight very agreeable.
The case is delivered in a combination of 316L stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold. The latter material is employed on the pushpiece surrounds, the exterior of the bezel and part of the crown, adding a soupçon of warmth to the timepiece.
Louis Moinet has clearly expended much effort refining the case with an array of smile-inducing details. ‘The crown guard consists of an independent stem integrated within a watertight system and held with a plate secured by four screws’. The large ‘Champagne-cork’ pushers provide sufficient surface area to accord superb ease of operation.
The case back is adorned with ‘cartography and ship’ engravings, referencing the famous explorer, James Cook. At the heart of the case back is a large pane of sapphire crystal according sight of the self-winding movement within.
The ‘exclusive automatic movement’ is a cam-actuated chronograph movement, however, the pushpieces operate with a smooth, pleasing action. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 25 jewels. The power reserve is sufficient to deliver 48 hours of autonomous operation.
The oscillating mass is a Louis Moinet design, intended to resemble a sextant, reinforcing the navigational / explorer symbolism. The movement finishing includes Côtes de Genève motif on the bridge work and circular graining on the mainplate.
The dial of the Louis Moinet Geograph Ref LM-24.30.55 is a shining exemplar of intelligible design. Indeed, despite featuring a date, chronograph registers, small seconds and dual time displays, everything is eloquently expressed without the merest hint of confusion.
I liked the bi-metallic case treatment but when I saw the ‘Australian Edition’, Ref LM-24.10.2A with its solely steel case, I did err towards the antipodean-inspired option.
The case of the Geograph is likely to prove too large for some diminutive wrists, but I appreciated its generous scale and felt this was a key factor in the lucid dial display. The crown and pushpieces are beautifully formed and proffer a delightful tactility which is likely to augment the ownership experience for years to come.
Louis Moinet Geograph Ref LM-24.10.2A ‘Australian Edition’
Ultimately, choosing which version of the Louis Moinet to select proves difficult, a problem familiar to many watch buyers. The Louis Moinet Geograph Ref LM-24.30.55 is highly attractive, however, in my opinion, its sibling just seems a tad better looking. I would probably err towards the ‘Australian Edition’, Ref LM-24.10.2A but concede this is a personal opinion. I accept that with a broad range of variants within the Geograph collection to choose from, not every reader will plump for the same antipodean beauty as myself.
- Model: Louis Moinet Geograph
- Reference: LM-24.30.55
- Case: 316L stainless steel & 18 carat rose gold; diameter 46.5mm; height 17.07mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and rear
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph; dual-time function
- Movement: Automatic movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve 48 hours
- Strap: Hand sewn Louisiana alligator with alligator leather strap presented on a stainless steel folding clasp
- Limited Edition: 60 pieces
- Price: CHF 16,700 (RRP as at 13.12.2016)