Catalogue de montre Louis Moinet 2014
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Découvrez le catalogue Louis Moinet pour découvrir cette marque et l'ensemble de ces collections.



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Published 12 May 2014
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2-3 | The Arts
4-7 | The Haute Horlogerie
8-13 | Inventor of the chronograph
14-21 | Extraordinary customers
22-23 | Traité d’horlogerie
24-33 | Les Ateliers Louis Moinet
34-39 | Astralis
40-47 | Jurassic Tourbillon
48-53 | Treasures of the World
54-59 | Derrick Tourbillon
60-67 | Geograph Rainforest
68-75 | Geograph
76-81 | Tempograph
82-89 | Mecanograph
90-95 | Stardance
96-101 | Nelson Piquet
102-107 | Scott Dixon
Dear reader,
It is our privilege to present to you the magical world of Louis Moinet. We 108-113 | Jules Verne Instrument I & II
wish you much pleasure in discovering this alliance of mechanical innovations
and precious, fascinating materials.
114-119 | Jules Verne Instrument III
Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO Les Ateliers Louis MoinetTHE ARTS
- 2 -1768 | Birth of Louis 1788 | Master of Art 1795 | Professor of fne
Moinet arts
Louis Moinet was born in Bourges in 1768 into By the time he was of 20, Louis Moinet Upon returning to Paris, Louis Moinet was
a well-to-do family of farmers. During his dreamed constantly of Italy, the classic land appointed Professor of the Académie des
studies, he quickly distinguished himself for his of fine arts. He left France for the city of Beaux-Arts, in the Louvre. He became a
mastery of classical subjects, and he regularly Rome, where he lived for five years, studying member of several scholarly and artistic
took first place in academic competitions. architecture, sculpture and painting. He societies, and cooperated with eminent artists
While still a child, he developed a passion for became acquainted with members of the such as the astronomer Lalande, the bronzier
watchmaking and spent all his free time with Académie de France, which encompassed Thomire, and Robert-Houdin, the skilled
a master-watchmaker. An Italian painter also some of the finest artists of the times. automaton-maker who is considered as the
gave him private drawing lessons. “renovator of magical art”.
He then moved from Rome to Florence, where
he learned the art of fine stone engraving in
a workshop placed at his disposal by Count
Manfredini, Minister of the Grand Duke of
Tuscany. He also did several paintings there.
- 4 -1800 | A reference in President of the «Société 1818 - 1823 | Work with
«Haute Horlogerie» Chronométrique» Breguet
In parallel, he pursued his theoretical and Louis Moinet was appointed President of the Louis Moinet worked closely with the great
practical study of horology, the art for which “Société Chronométrique de Paris” Abraham-Louis Breguet, over a period of many
he already nurtured a passion. He renewed (Chronometry Society of Paris) whose years, acting in the capacity of close friend,
contact with his former teacher, and the student membership included some of the greatest confidant and intimate advisor. The two men
quickly became the master. talents of the era, and whose avowed purpose shared the same passion for the art of horology.
was “the development and encouragement of
Watchmaking occupied his entire time from watchmaking, one of the finest sciences of the
1800 onwards. He spent long periods in human mind”.
Switzerland, from the Jura mountains to the
Joux valley. He met many famous watchmakers Within this setting, he cultivated ties with his
there, including Jacques-Frédéric Houriet, and fellow members including Abraham-Louis
acquired his horological tools and instruments. Breguet, Louis Berthoud, Antide Janvier, Louis-
Frédéric Perrelet, Joseph Winnerl, as well as
Moinet himself was described by his peers as a Vulliamy, who served as the King’s Watchmaker
“gifted artist”, an “eminent scholar” and “a in London.
specialist in transcendent horology” !
- 5 -The Haute Horlogerie
The work of Louis Moinet includes alarm watches,
regulators and astronomical watches. As the inventor
of unprecedented concepts, he devised some truly
astonishing mechanisms.
For example, several of his pocket-watch calibres
boasted unusual arrangements of the components (such
as with the whole set of gears built around the same
Moreover, he invented a mainspring that improved the
rating of the watch - a spring he poetically described
as being a “half-ripe cherry red” colour when fired in
the kiln. He also developed a new balance-cock that
facilitated winding.
Back view of King of Naple’s clock
- 6 -« Rotating circles », cylinder technology used to
spectacular effect
After tireless efforts, he created a construction serving to
move the stud of the balance-spring stud so as to poise
the escapement correctly without needing to dismantle
anything. Finally, he slotted, rounded and hand-finished
the gear trains of his marine chronometers in order to
ensure their precision.
As a maker of precision instruments, Louis Moinet was
involved in maritime, astronomical and civilian
horology. He was an ingenious craftsman who perfected
various techniques in these fields and developed several
important new improvements.
The great originality of the “Napoleon Clock” lies in an outsanding
mechanism displaying the moon phases inside the day hand, by means
of a tiny ivory ball.
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