A timepiece that is out of this world, Louis Moinet ASTRONEF ($ 360,000 super watch) has caused a revolution in the exclusive world of uncompromising modern watchmaking. The name ASTRONEF meaning “spacecraft”, speaks for itself: it is a watch with cosmic power, ethereal design, and unearthly mechanism. Having assimilated the wisdom of the past, ASTRONEF confidently looks into the future and electrifies the present.
The unique feature of the ASTRONEF watch is the unprecedented combination of two tourbillions rotating in opposite directions at an extremely high speed, skirting the dial’s perimeter. The first tourbillion rotates anticlockwise, making a turn every ten minutes. The other one rotates clockwise with double the speed. The visual effect is that of a high-speed revolution, assimilating the mechanism to a spacecraft engine. The ASTRONEFF’s composition is as complex and impeccable as a human mind’s. At the same time, as said by Jean-Marie Schaller, the company’s CEO, the ASTRONEFF watch becomes apparently “alive on your wrist. It is always moving.” Indeed, it is a timepiece like a living organism, not simply telling the time but representing the essence of time flow.
It took the most skilful watchmakers and highly qualified engineers over three years to develop the ASTRONEF’s mechanism. Due to its revolutionary nature, the development of the watch was considered impossible: but the Louis Moinet unmatched professionals went beyond the boundaries of possibility. The result was this glorious, super watch. To say more about ASTRONEF’s astonishing technical characteristics: in spite of its complexity, the watch feels light on the arm due to the thinness of its dial plate, which is only 0.6 mm thick. The numerals are hollowed and coated in rhodium to stand out over a deep black DLC background. Besides, the case is constructed with open-worked lugs and a middle case framed in 18K gold. The container and the dome are both sapphire. The base of the watch is just 3.75mm thick, where the fascinating mechanism is hidden. Finally, a circular satin-brushed finish is applied to instil ASTRONEF with undeniable strength of character.
The technological complexity serves ASTRONEF’s aesthetics. The watch is worn on an alligator strap with an alligator lining. The timepiece resembles an Avant-Garde masterpiece or the most classy contemporary artwork. The most talented artworks always respect tradition and build on the experience of their ancestors. The ASTRONEF super watch is no exception. “To produce an excellent and curious effect” was the standard upheld by Louis Moinet and a starting point for designing ASTRONEF. “The idea is to push back known limits,” shared Jean-Marie Schaller, “just as Louis Moinet did in his time.”
While enhancing the watch’s accuracy to the precision of maximum level, the two tourbillions are also there to shock and amaze with their movement, putting on a mesmerising show. ASTRONEF has become the symbol of power, leadership, and dominance. Having this masterpiece in your collection will move it beyond humankind’s earthly limits.
A limited edition of just eight pieces was produced, each priced at $360,000.
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