This year, Louis Moinet presents the first two models from Mecanograph City Limited Editions. After New York, let's highlight Doha today.
Doha is the capital city of Qatar and its economic centre. Situated on the Persian Gulf, it is considered to be one of the emerging cities of the Gulf region, thanks to its breathtaking urban landscape whose best example is the West Bay district with its spectacular glass buildings.
The Mecanograph Doha celebratse the art of hand engraving. Hand engraving combines line engraving with a special, secret technique to create clearly pronounced embossing. This is important for recreating the atmosphere of Doha, and the high urban towers of WestBay
The hand engraving takes more than twenty hours of work and attention is particularly devoted to the finishing touches: the depth of the satiny lines, the use of light between matt and shine in harmony with the darker patina once inlaid, which gives the piece its vibrant city look.
The meteorite QATAR 001
Bolstered by working with famous meteorite hunter Luc Labenne, Louis Moinet presents a watchmaking exclusive with these fragments of the legendary meteorite QATAR 001, finely inlaid into the glossy-dark, star-studded Doha skyline.
QATAR 001 is the one and only meteorite ever found in Qatar, and its official name has been confirmed by the Meteoritical Society. It originated from the asteroid belt situated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and travelled more than 260 million kilometres before landing in the area of Jariyan al Batnah.
Luc Labenne explains: “It is a chondrite type H5, very rich in metal and showing visible chondrules – distinctive round grains.”
Louis Moinet has acquired this precious meteorite to turn it into horological art.