Enjoying the present moment also means savouring the passage of time. Louis Moinet has launched a new version of the 20-Second Tempograph to give the process material form.
In 2015, Louis Moinet launched the 20-Second Tempograph. This watch with a highly singular calibre soon became a reference in the brand’s catalogue. Its distinguishing feature? The time data were displayed on the right-hand side of the dial, but in an original way. In the arc of a circle appeared a 20-second retrograde mechanism. While the oscillating central second hand supplied a fun, attractive display, the hour and minute hands made their way around a small off-centred disc at 4 o’clock. The cogs and components filled the other half of the skeletoned dial. This year, the model is taking centre-stage again with a few changes and a new name: the Chrome Tempograph.
In the original model, a self-winding movement designed by Concepto was housed in a 43.5 or 44mm case, depending on the material used. While the calibre LM39 still drives the ballet of the watch hands, it is now placed in a 44mm case, with a design borrowed from another flagship in the Louis Moinet collections, the Memoris.
To give the watches a more contemporary feel, two versions have been produced with distinct chromatic designs. One combines black areas with a gold structure. The other brings together blue elements with steel. The watches are exclusive from the point of view of the mechanism, but also in terms of the numbers made, since the limited edition comes in just 60 pieces.
Price: 22,000 CHF (steel) – 48,000 CHF (gold) www.louismoinet.com
By Dan Diaconu