Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch
Angus Davies reviews the innovative Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch, a timepiece which incorporates a dial formed of fossilised 150 million-year-old dinosaur bone. This ‘hands-on’ encounter proved most interesting.
This detailed review of the Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch includes live images, specification details and price.
Every morning I face the humiliation of looking in the mirror. Nature is cruel, choosing to encourage hair growth in my ears and nostrils, whilst overlooking the naked crown of my head. My sideburns are turning increasingly grey and my hairline is receding with alarming alacrity.
I am feeling old. This perception is reinforced when I see authority figures such as policemen, teachers and general practitioners, I’m struck by how young they look. I have also acquired a profound dislike for the omnipresent muzak which seems to accompany every restaurant meal and shopping trip. At times, I am also described as grumpy in addition to being labelled middle-aged.
Contrary to the opinion of my children, I am not a dinosaur. However, the recently launched ‘Jurassic Watch’ produced by the high-end Swiss watch company from Saint-Blaise, does contain an interesting prehistoric element; it incorporates a dial made of ‘fossilised 150 million-year-old dinosaur bone’.
Louis Moinet, as regular readers of ESCAPEMENT will know, is a brand I have long since admired. The design prowess of Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Ateliers Louis Moinet, together with his talented team, has led to the creation of some incredible horological masterpieces. Indeed, I am not alone in this opinion, Louis Moinet has received numerous prizes and awards, including several much-coveted Red Dot Awards for design.
Schaller has not been afraid to incorporate other interesting materials within his watches, including Australian opal, fossilised palm wood and bronzite. Moreover, it is not the first time Louis Moinet has used some of the red-brown fossilised dinosaur bone in one of its models. The Jurassic Tourbillon, a limited series of 12 pieces, is a timepiece that fuses haute joaillerie, with its gem-set case, and haute horlogerie in spellbindingly attractive union.
Now the Swiss brand has employed the interesting fossilised material again in the form of the Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch. In this instance, the ‘mechanical heart’ of the Mecanograph chronometer forms the basis of this timepiece but eschews the older sibling’s partially open-worked dial in favour of a prehistoric dial canvas.
The dial surface is a melange of rich russet reds, browns and blacks that proffer an abundance of eye-appeal. It entices the wearer to quaff mouthfuls of delicious detail, savouring its fascinating nuances.
Roman numerals, denoting the hours, grace the flange encircling the central dial area. They are delivered in a slender font which imparts a sense of grace and confers ease of read-off.
The maison’s ‘Gouttes de Rosée’ hour and minute hands stylishly communicate with the wearer. Where these hands differ from those employed on the Mecanograph Chornometer is that they are open-worked, revealing more of the dial surface beneath.
A date display is presented at 3 o’clock and positioned opposite is a small seconds display which is presented on a subdial adorned with a ‘concentric Clou de Paris’ pattern.
The applied Fleur de lys motif, positioned below noon, confers a wonderful sense of depth to the dial vista
The 18-carat rose gold case measures 43.5mm in diameter with a case height of 15.6mm. Its golden tones contrast magnificently with the various colours presented on the dial.
Whilst the design and dimensions of the case are identical to the Mecanograph Chronometer I recently reviewed, this new watch has a greater mass owing to the widespread use of noble metal instead of Grade 5 titanium. Nevertheless, the weight of this timepiece does not feel excessive and the wearer comfort proves to be excellent.
The rear of the case includes a sapphire crystal, allowing fortunate owners to appraise the beautiful self-winding movement within
The Calibre LM34, exclusive to Louis Moinet, is independently certified as a chronometer by COSC. The movement contains 182 components, including 26 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours.
Where the watch appeals to my own horological sensibilities is with the incorporation of several exquisite movement details. The bridges are decorated with ‘Côtes du Jura’ motif that also extends to the oscillating mass.
On one hand, the bridge design and surface decoration of the movement evince modernity. Conversely, the blued screws and snailed transmission wheel boss subscribe to the traditional finishing synonymous with fine Swiss watchmaking.
I applaud Jean-Marie Schaller for his creativity and ‘blue-sky thinking’. He seldom follows the path of others, exhibiting a unique style which I find very endearing.
I adore the unusual, but highly agreeable mien of the Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch. The delightful, dappled dial canvas harmoniously and synergistically fuses with the sumptuous gold case.
Is this my favourite Louis Moinet watch to date? No, that honour falls to the truly amazing Memoris, launched earlier this year. Nevertheless, I do find the Jurassic Watch very agreeable with its individual design language. Indeed, this watch will always elicit a smile of appreciation to form on my ageing face as well as providing a pleasing reminder that in relative terms, I am actually a young man after all.
- Model: Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch
- Reference: LM-34.50.01
- Case: 18-carat rose; diameter 43.5mm; height 15.60mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and rear
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.
- Movement: Calibre LM34; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 48 hours
- Strap: Hand sewn Louisiana alligator strap presented on 18-carat gold pin buckle
- Price: CHF 52,000 (RRP as at 26.10.2015)
- Limited Edition: 12 pieces