Memoris is the first educational chronograph in the history of watchmaking. This creation is both technical and fun, displaying all the choreography of its chronograph on the dial side. The unique structure of Memoris provides time measurement – and allows you to understand how it works, too. With a single gentle touch on the monopusher, a unique performance unfolds before your eyes: the mechanism of steel parts and gears comes to life, all coordinated by the column wheel at 12 o’clock. The column wheel itself, with teeth at the base and vertical columns that have been precision cut, is the star of the show. The multiple facets of this symmetrical part bring to life the various levers that pass on information to the hands.
The movement is neither a skeleton nor an additional module; it’s an all-new feature, designed for and around the chronograph. So much so that Louis Moinet has opted to locate the automatic movement’s time mechanism to the rear of the piece, beneath the plate.
The movement’s parts are hand-decorated: angling and black polishing embellish the mechanism, set against a mysterious, starry backdrop. This is crafted using a traditional rose engine – a tool which, despite being all of two hundred years old, has just found a new application, thanks to Memoris. The unique process used results in a spectacular effect, by virtue of which the stars twinkle as your viewing angle changes.
2016 marks the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph. An event entitled “200 years in 24 hours” will be organised at the Neuchâtel Observatory on September 16, 2016 to observe the eclipse of the moon. And as a tribute to the astronomical observations of Louis Moinet, the “Red Eclipse” model presented here will be officially unveiled. “Red Eclipse” highlights this heavenly ancestry with a red moon in gold-leaf enamel on its oscillating weight, as well as hand-crafted engravings on its bridges and bezel. The white gold case is also fully hand-engraved, on the theme of the lunar eclipse, and decorated with jewels at the end of the lugs. Memoris time, meanwhile, is displayed on a Grand Feu enamel dial.