On its Mecanograph City watches, Louis Moinet was the first to include fragments of lunar meteorites and other rocks from the far-flung corners of the universe.
Meanwhile, the Treasures of the World collection has opened up another creative path: that of dials made from rare, fossilized stones of mineral or plant origin, including petrified exotic wood. Today, the two approaches have now been combined: the Jurassic Watch, derived from the Mecanograph family, is the first to feature a dial made from Jurassic-era dinosaur bone – between 145 and 200 million years old.
The mechanical heart of the Jurassic Watch is the certified Mecanograph chronometer, winner of an International Chronometry Competition prize for its outstanding precision. This proprietary movement has been exclusively developed by Ateliers Louis Moinet. It boasts not only precision, but also a dial made from a genuine fossilized 150-million-year-old dinosaur bone. In another first, the caliber features a date window located at 3 o’clock. It also uses the exclusive Energie Plus process, unveiled by Louis Moinet at Baselworld.
Specific craftsmanship is vital for the production of each dial. It begins with the choice of the right stone; this needs to be sufficiently dense to be worked on, taking into account its final size and texture. The ensuing handiwork takes over a week – and results in a dial thickness of just 0.65 mm.
Described as being exceptional by experts, the colour and vein of these precious witnesses to the past have benefitted from excellent craftsmanship, in which the cutting and treatment protect the material itself. The dinosaur bone in question, discovered in North America, has been authenticated by renowned geologist Dr Andreas Stucki in association with the Aathal Dinosaur Museum in Switzerland. The dinosaur bone is from the family of large herbivores, which also includes the Diplodocus.
Limited to just 12 watches, the Jurassic Watch is presented in a 43.5 case made from rose gold.