The new Louis Moinet Geograph limited edition automatic watch offers a durable and dependable work-horse movement in an exquisitely designed and flawlessly executed case.
When you hear about a chronograph powered by the omnipresent ETA Valjoux 7750 self-winding movement, you probably expect to see yet another dull and not particularly inspiring watch that sports a “tried and true” (i.e. decades-old, but still selling like hot pancakes) design.
Some of these mass-produced timekeepers are stylized as pilot’s watches, others pose as divers or sport more elegant, even classic appearance, but what unites them is that they look basically the same: you rarely can tell one from another if you don’t see the corporate logo on the dial or on the crown.
While the new Louis Moinet Geograph watch offers the same tri-compax layout with an extra hour hand indicating the 24-hour second time zone with day/night indication, it definitely stands out from the rest of the crowd.
Every detail –the white dial with its Cotes du Jura guilloche pattern, the “atlas” chronograph push-pieces, the fluted crown, even the shape of hands and the way they treated the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock– quietly whispers “originality.”
Speaking a design language of their own, Louis Moinet doesn’t try to make its watches “look like that IWC.” The Swiss watchmaker doesn’t degrade to epigonism. It simply creates timepieces that look unique.
This particular model, which is delivered in a large 45.50 mm stainless steel case, is going to be presented in a couple of week during Baselworld 2011 show.
Its total production run will be limited to only 60 individually numbered pieces.
Photos: Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet Geograph limited edition automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.50 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Engraved