Exclusive limited edition of 60 pieces
“Architecture features many of the same attributes as fine watchmaking: a combination of perspective and space, art and technique. Louis Moinet has now blended these components into a timepiece that’s contemporary, modernistic even: Metropolis, the inaugural piece in a new collection from the Ateliers. It’s taken us almost two years of technical and stylistic research to bring Metropolis into being.”
Metropolis – a new concept
“The aim is to capture the spirit of Louis Moinet himself (1768-1853) and embody it in an urban, modernistic rendition. Simply put, it’s a union of the
visionary talent of the inventor of the chronograph and high frequency with a contemporary work of architecture. Metropolis is a city watch”, explains
Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO Ateliers Louis Moinet.
The Metropolis features three different sets of openwork – on the hour markers, on the dial, and on the lugs and vertical bridges – giving the timepiece a uniquely three-dimensional aspect. The first openwork feature is on the Roman numeral hour markers, themselves a first for a Louis Moinet timepiece. In a rare feat of craftsmanship, each marker is linked to a central ring and a dark grey flange made from neoralithe, an innovative material chosen by Louis Moinet for its transparency and purity. This produces an effect of depth, with the numerals raised above a sand-blasted black base.
The dial features the second openwork aspect of the Metropolis, between 8 o’clock and 12 o’clock, revealing each and every beat of its exclusive caliber. The escapement (beating at a rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour) and the offset seconds hand are displayed in all their glory – and carefully arranged to ensure an unobstructed view of every detail of the Metropolis’ workings.
Unique watch case architecture: Neo
The 43.2 mm-diameter Metropolis case has been dubbed Neo: its new technical solutions have led to the creation of an all-new shape of watch.
Everything is built around two vertical bridges running through the timepiece, securing the strap at each end of their lugs – the latter incorporating
the third and final openwork finish on the watch. The bridges hold the movement’s housing, topped by the bezel and its six screws – another of Louis
|Case material||Rose gold|
|Bracelet material||Crocodile skin|
|Condition||New (Brand new, without any signs of wear)|
|Fresh from the manufacturer|
|Scope of delivery||Original box, original papers|
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