Power reserve: 96 h, 28800 variations / hours
"The IMPULSION: the fascinating spectacle of a Louis Moinet chronograph whose mechanism is entirely visible on the dial side and is coupled with the magic of a flying tourbillon." Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and Creative Director.
Abraham-Louis Breguet and Louis Moinet were close friends and key figures in watchmaking. The former invented the tourbillon, the latter the chronograph. Today, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet draws on a veritable wellspring of modern creativity that has succeeded in integrating these two high complications in a new mantel, one that generates strong emotions.
The idea of combining a chronograph with a tourbillon is not entirely new. But it’s the originality of this creation that makes it exclusive. The chronograph, which is entirely visible on the dial side, is a world premiere. The visual effect is engrossing. The magic of a tourbillon was then added. The result is impressive, a remarkable spectacle and a feast for the eyes. A single pusher activates the chronograph hand, which ticks away the seconds and sails over the rotating flying tourbillon, whose off-centre cage does one revolution per minute.
This creation was named IMPULSION, a word that highlights the energy that transfers life to the chronograph and the tourbillon and coalesces the two visual effects to produce a full-fledged “show” as it were.
Producing this timepiece was not without its challenges. The in-house, hand-wound MEMORIS movement, which carries Louis Moinet DNA, needed to be entirely rebuilt. Some vital innovations were required, like the two spring barrels in “volte-face” positioning, which guarantee a 96-hour power reserve.
The three-dimensional architecture of the two powerful mechanisms is expressed on the wrist thanks to the high-end finishing by Les Ateliers Louis Moinet craftsmen.
A new case
The IMPULSION comes in a case that was specially designed to underscore the originality of its character.
The technical and aesthetic design is unique. The heart of the case houses and protects the movement. Not surprisingly, it is made of grade 5 titanium, a material with the best strength to weight ratio. Its lightness naturally contributes to the comfort of the wearer. The case core is available in Moinet blue or intense black, which contrasts harmoniously with the frame cut in 18-carat rose gold. The hollowed-out lugs and the case middle are as much a part of the Moinet stylistic vocabulary as the quest for minimal weight.
A particularly evocative detail is the curved crystal, which reveals the power of the mechanism and optimises the reading of the chronograph indications.
As for the chronograph counters, they are disposed in such a way as to blend in smoothly and allow for rapid reading.
Only twenty-eight of the “Aventurine” limited edition models will be produced. Aventurine, with its glittering particles on a dark blue backdrop, provides an elegant coating for the mainplate, the rear of the tourbillon cage, and the lateral inserts. This limited edition is a treasure that will become the property of a limited number of privileged individuals.