Louis Moinet believes the 150th anniversary of Around the Moon deserves to be suitably celebrated. Written in 1870 by Jules Verne, Around The Moon is the story of three men who take a five day trip to the moon.

History does not record whether Jules Verne and Louis Moinet ever met, but it’s well within the bounds of probability: both were men of science with advanced astronomical knowledge (Moinet was conducting scientific research, while Verne studied the stars for the purposes of researching his written works). Both lived in the same place during the same period of time (1848-1853), quite possibly moving in the same circles, including the French Academy of Sciences, and knowing the same people, such as the famous astronomer Lalande.

Ateliers Louis Moinet is celebrating this close encounter at the highest levels of astronomy with a limited edition comprising just 12 rose gold pieces and 60 steel pieces: “Moon”.

At three o’clock, the “Moon” piece features a capsule containing a genuine lunar meteorite fragment. The capsule is positioned amid a dial that faithfully reproduces the surface of the Moon, complete with its familiar craters.

Expert craftsmanship on the brass dial has resulted in accurate depictions of Gassendi, Tycho, and Cassini, the best-known craters on the visible face of our closest neighbor.

‘Moon’ features three different sets of openwork – on the hour markers, on the dial, and on the lugs and vertical bridges – giving the watch a three-dimensional aspect. It is also the first creation by Louis Moinet to feature Roman numeral hour markers, made with three different geometrical sections. Their satin, diamond-studded finish is designed to reflect the blue flange that encompasses the piece, the idea being to evoke the cosmos – and they appear to be suspended in mid-air, as if weightless.

The openwork on ‘Moon’s’ dial, between 8 and 12 o’clock, reveals every beat of the piece’s caliber. The escapement and the offset seconds hand are displayed and carefully positioned to ensure an unobstructed view of every detail of ‘Moon’s’ movement.

The assembly is housed in Louis Moinet’s 43.2-millimetre Neo case, structured around two vertical bridges that span the timepiece, securing the strap at each end of their openwork lugs.

An exclusive presentation case in the style of the first edition of Around the Moon has been specially created for the watch. The ‘Moon’ presentation case will also be punched in the shape of a lunar crater in the middle of which the second fragment of lunar meteorite is sealed.

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