The Swiss independent watch brand Louis Moinet has once again surprised us with an exquisite piece of watchmaking – the Metropolis. The latest Louis Moinet timepiece is available in two versions: steel and 18k rose gold. Both models are limited to 60 pieces each. Priced at CHF 10,500 (about $10,400), the Metropolis will be available from spring 2017. According to the Swiss brand, it took them almost two years to create this watch. Metropolish is the first piece in a new collection from Louis Moinet.
Metropolis, like all the brand’s watches, pays tribute to the legendary French watchmaker Louis Moinet. The watch itself represents a mixture of watchmaking and urban architecture. Watchmaking, just like architecture, is a blend of technique perspective, space, and art. The independent watch brand has now mixed all of these elements into a modern watch. According to Jean-Marie Schaller, the CEO of Louis Moinet, Metropolis’ goal is to capture the spirit of Louis Moinet himself and express it in a modern, urban interpretation. A “city watch”, Metropolis combines the visionary talent of the inventor of the chronograph with a modern work of architecture. As Jean-Marie Schaller says, it “combines ergonomics with design, and function with style”. With its latest watch, Louis Moinet has adopted a new, more modern approach that’s unlike anything the brand has ever done before.
The new Louis Moinet Metropolis is characterized by its three different sets of openwork. Results of a remarkable craftsmanship, they give the watch an extraordinary three-dimensional aspect. The first openwork element is on the dial’s Roman numerals, a first for a Louis Moinet watch. Each side of an hour marker features a diamond-cut, satin-finish part that mirrors light deep into the dial, setting the Metropolis glowing with life. The rose gold version has white lacquer-coated hour numerals while the steel model features blue-lacquered Roman Numerals. Adding a further element of depth, the hour markers are “floating” in mid air and connected to a central ring and a dark grey flange created from a revolutionary material called neoralithe. Beneath the numerals is the dial’s sand-blasted black base.
Positioned between 8 and 12 o’clock is the Metropolis’ second openwork feature that reveals its “insides”. Through that part of the dial we can admire the watch’s exceptional movement. Finally the third openwork element are the case’s two vertical bridges. Running through the watch, they secure the strap at each end of their lugs.
The new Louis Moinet Metropolis is placed inside a 43.2mm diameter case. Water resistant to 30 meters, the case features the brand’s characteristic bezel with 6 screws. In terms of functions, the dial is actually quite simply, featuring only hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The watch is powered by the brand’s new Calibre LM45. Working at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, this movement enables a power reserve of 48 hours. Visible through the sapphire caseback, it features remarkable finishes such as circular-grained wheels, Côtes de Genève, diamond-cut angles and Clou de Paris pattern. The Louis Moinet Metropolis comes on a stylish black crocodile strap.