Together with the gorgeous Louis Moinet Geograph, the Swiss watchmaker has issued another limited edition of the beautiful GMT chronograph watch: the Louis Moinet Geograph Rainforest. Having its chronograph totalizers made from genuine petrified palm wood, the watch will be issued in a very limited edition of 120 pieces.
As Louis Moinet promises in its press release, a generous part of the money raised from selling each wristwatch will be contributed to the “PULAU BANDING Foundation,” a non-profit organization that “aims to promote sustainable development of the rainforest ecosystem of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex,” which is located somewhere in between the east and west coasts of Peninsula Malaysia in Gerik, Perak.
I have already briefly reviewed the other version of the watch, the Louis Moinet Geograph, which is also issued in five versions, each limited to only 60 numbered pieces, so in this rather brief (call it “initial impressions” if you like) review I will concentrate on differences between the two.
The differences, of course, are limited to pure visual elements and to the choice of materials.
The Louis Moinet Geograph Rainforest, for example, is issued in a much more impressive two-tone color scheme that combines matte-finished surgical-grade 316L stainless steel and polished 18-carat rose gold.
The use of the precious metal is limited to the bezel, which is secured to the case with six polished screws, the crown and the chronograph push-pieces in LM’s signature “Champaign cork” design with “Atlas” engraving.
The dial of the watch is colored black, but still features the gorgeous (I really do like this type of guilloche much more than the omnipresent “Cotes de Geneve” stripes) “Cotes du Jura” motif that perfectly matches the serpentine-shaped GMT hand.
The latter runs around the dial and displays time in the second time zone in 24 hour display that features two applied midnight blue and gold-toned zones.
The chosen color scheme looks especially refined thanks to a pair of inserts made of genuine petrified palm wood.
Although, in right conditions, it usually takes a tree trunk around one hundred years to fossilize, this particular variety is said to be at least 70 million years old. It, probably, has seen dinosaurs in their final days of glory!
So, as you see, there are at least three good excuses for you to buy this watch: it really looks gorgeous, it supports a good cause, and some parts of it have seen dinosaurs!
The only thing that bothers me a little is the hand-sewn strap, which is made of genuine Louisiana alligator leather. The choice of material somewhat contradicts the stated purpose of protecting the wild nature.
Photos: Louis Moinet
Louis Moinet Geograph Rainforest Limited Edition (Ref. LM-24.30.56) automatic chronograph watch specification
Price: $20,400 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, base caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Modified Louis Moinet winding rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Two-tone: stainless steel and rose gold
Crown material: Two-tone: stainless steel and rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.50 mm
Lug width: 24.00 mm
Case height: 17.07 mm
Dial: Black, Cotes du Jura guilloche, sub-dials in genuine petrified palm wood
Hands: Gouttes de Rosee (dewdrop) hour and minute hands, small seconds indication in “Sun”-motif (at 9 o’clock,) Serpentine GMT hand
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with crocodile leather lining and double folding clasp in 316L stainless steel
Case back: Sapphire, Engraved