All nine planets as well as the earth’s moon—created by artist Jean-Yves Kervévan using handmade resins and varnishes—are displayed as they orbit the sun. This is a great technical feat as most planetariums only show a limited number of planets.
The circular navy blue scale positioned directly underneath the depiction of the planets indicates each of the planets’ positions in relation to the zodiac through which it crosses. This ring-shaped scale sprinkled with gold dust and silver spangles symbolizes the night sky and is decorated with154 “stars” totaling 5.6 ct Top Wesselton VVS diamonds representing various constellations.
Height 1.5 m. Movement driven by a complex set of 40 gear wheels comprises ten coaxial tubes with stainless steel spokes to support the planets and is powered by a micro motor. he positioning of the earth and moon even allow for the display of the moon’s phases.
Each of the Louis Moinet tourbillons included with the piece contain material from legendary meteorites, including a meteorite from Mars; the oldest meteorite ever found on earth, Rosetta Stone; Itqiy, a mysterious asteroid that was formed near the sun; and a lunar meteorite.
The case of this unique model is crafted from 18-carat white gold set with 56 baguette-cut Top Wesselton VVS diamonds totalling 3.46 carats.
Mars Meteorite. Martian meteorites are Martian rocks that were ejected from Mars by impacts and later fell to the Earth as meteorites.
Found: Sultanate of Oman, 2008 (19o 47.139’ N 55o 51.21’ E)
Publication: Meteoritical Bulletin No 97, 2009
Authentication: Russian Academy of Science, Moscow
The extremely complicated case of this unique model is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and comprises 50 different parts.
Meteorite “Sahara 99555”
Legendary meteorite, considered as the “Rosetta Stone” of our solar system. The oldest known rock of our solar system and the oldest meteorite found on earth.
Origin: Possibly Mercury
Age: 4,566,200,000 years old (precision : 100,000 years)
Found: Sahara, 1999 (unknown coordinates)
Publication: Meteoritical Bulletin No 84, 2000
Authentication: Institute für Planetology, Münster, Germany
Unique and mysterious asteroid formed near the Sun. It has provided invaluable scientific information on parts of the solar system rarely sampled.
Origin: Asteroid close to the Sun
Uniqueness: How this rock was formed remains a mystery
Found: Western Sahara, 1990 (26° 35' 27"N, 12° 57' 8"W)
Publication: Meteoritical Bulletin No 85, 2001
Authentication: University of Arizona, Tucson
This tourbillon watch is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and fitted with a hand-sewn crocodile leather strap lined with genuine alligator leather.
Moon Meteorite. Lunar meteorites are moon rocks that were ejected from the Moon by impacts and later fell to the Earth as meteorites.
Found: Sultanate of Oman, 2001 (18° 14' 55"N, 54° 0' 12"E)
Publication: Meteoritical Bulletin No 89, 2005
Authentication: UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles
Movement: Exclusive tourbillon movement
Functions: Hour & Minute
Oscillations: 21,600 vph
Lines: 14 ½
Power reserve: 72 hours
Tourbillon carriage: 1 turn/minute
Escapement: Side lever
Winding: Mechanism visible through the case-back with “octopus” spring
Case: Original design by Louis Moinet®, made up of 50 parts
Case diameter: 47 mm
Water-resistance: 30 meters
Caseback: Secured with 6 screws, engraved “PIECE UNIQUE” and Louis Moinet markings
Crystals: Two anti-glare sapphire crystals
Bracelet: Louisiana alligator leather, hand-sewn, width between lug : 24 mm
Buckle: 18K gold folding clasp with Louis Moinet symbol
Ultimately, art and watchmaking shared the same stage in Louis Moinets life. He would be commissioned to create clocks for the most important people of his time—Napoleon, King George IV, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe among others. Louis Moinet invigorated and altered the course of the world's ability to keep time.