Louis Moinet SpaceWalker & Skylink


Independent Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet has recently announced the arrival of two new watches – the SpaceWalker and the Skylink. Produced in very limited quantities, these special editions each celebrate a significant historical event in the history of space exploration.

The new Louis Moinet SpaceWalker pays tribute to Alexey Leonov – the first human to perform a spacewalk. The watch features a beautiful blue/red aventurine dial that evokes the vastness of the cosmos. Also depicted on the dial is a nebula – an interstellar cloud of dust and gases. According to the brand, the aventurine background becomes transparent when exposed to light. Positioned at 12 o’clock is an outsize tourbillon that represents Alexey Leonov’s spaceship on his walk-in-space mission (1965). Floating around the tourbillon is a diamond – a nod to the Astronaut’s code name during the Voskhod 2 mission. Leonov’s code name was “Almaz-2”, and “almaz” in Russian means diamond. At 6 o’clock we have a small subdial showing hours and minutes. Featuring Louis Moinet’s signature “dewdrop” hands, the sapphire subdial offers a view of some of the movement parts.

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The dial is evocative of the cosmos

 

Measuring 47.4mm in diameter, the Louis Moinet SpaceWalker comes in two limited editions, each featuring 12 engraved watches in white or rose gold. The brand has also issued two other limited editions comprised of 18 non-engraved pieces, also in white or rose gold. All cases are water resistant to 50 meters and feature a sapphire case back. Powered by the calibre LM48, the new SpaceWalker is delivered on a stylish black alligator leather strap.

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The engraved editions are limited to only 12 pieces

 

Next we have the Louis Moinet Skylink, a watch that pays homage to the first joint space mission between the Soviet Union and the United States of America. In 1975, the two superpowers conducted the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project as a symbol of the policy of détente (easing of strained relations) that they were pursuing at the time. The mission involved the docking of an Apollo module with the Soviet Soyuz 19 spaceship. Among the Soviet crew was the legendary Alexey Leonov.

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The micro capsule at 3 o’clock contains fabrics used by Apollo and Soyuz spaceships

 

Louis Moinet chose the name Skylink because it recalls the link that was forged between Americans and Soviets in the depths of space. The watch is 43.2mm wide and available in a limited edition of 19 white gold, 19 rose gold and 75 steel pieces. The numbers are not random, they are a reference to the year of the Apollo–Soyuz mission. The Skylink’s dial has a red/blue background reminiscent of a nebula. It also features raised three-dimensional hour markers and the characteristic “dewdrop” hands. The small seconds are displayed in a sapphire subdial at 9 o’clock. At 3 o’clock there is a very special detail, a micro capsule containing a fragment of Kapton foil – the polyamide fabric which protected Apollo on its return to Earth – and fibers from the Russian Sokol-K spacesuit. On all 3 editions, the capsule bears an authentic reproduction of Alexey Leonov’s signature. Powered by the caliber LM45, the Louis Moinet Skylink is available with a dark blue or black alligator leather strap.

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The raised three-dimensional hour markers give the dial depth

 

 

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