Louis Moinet has released the MECANOGRAPH City, a new design for the Mecanograph series of watches that perpetually beat at eight vibrations a second (28,800 vibrations per hour) with the busy action of the escapement lever with its ruby palettes releasing the slow rotation of the train wheels all entirely visible on the dial through a cut away.
Suspended above the precision machinery, the seconds hand adds to the three-dimensional effect. The MECANOGRAPH was created in tribute to Louis Moinet, a leading watch and clockmaker of the 19th century and president of the Paris chronometrical society.
MECANOGRAPH innovates in terms of the technology of self-winding watches with the advantages of a bidirectional winding system. The watch is powered by Calibre LM31 which was entirely conceived and crafted by Louis Moinet and Concepto. It comprises 182 different elements and is COSC certified. The movement has a 48-hour power reserve and the rotor is mounted on a high-tech ceramic ball bearing mechanism.
A key challenge was to insert the seconds hand, it was done by means of a distinctively shaped applique and a double read-off hand. Viewed from the back, the balance with screws shows a different and original face compared with the front view. It is fitted within a set of anthracite-coloured bridges adorned with "Côtes du Jura"® and enhanced with 26 jewels made using the Verneuil process and presented through openings, as well as by blued steel screws.
The time is read off on hands designed by Louis Moinet and nicknamed "Gouttes de Rosée"® (for their dewdrop design). The case is made either from grade 5 titanium with polished and satin-brushed finishing or from 5N 18K rose gold.
The design echoes the Louis Moinet signature codes, meaning an upper six-screw bezel and its unique interchangeable crown tube system for which an invention patent has been filed.
The Mecanograph features a 43.5 mm rose gold watch face with a six-screw bezel, polished finish and a sapphire crystal front and back with anti-reflective coating. With a power reserve of 48 hours, the watch is also water resistant up to 50 metres (165 ft) and comes on an alligator strap. Production is limited to only 60 pieces.
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