Louis Moinet’s Mecanograph watch has achieved third place in the Classic watch category of the 2013 International Chronometry Competition for 2013. The competition is organised biennially by the International Chronometry Competition Association under the supervision of the Musée d’Horlogerie in Le Locle and in partnership with the Swiss Chronometer Control Office (COSC), the Besançon Observatory (France) and the Haute École Arc engineering college in Le Locle (Switzerland).
The Classic category featured 18 watches with a non-tourbillon escapement. Over four months, the LM Mecanograph demonstrated excellent reliability and time-keeping performance for three 15-day periods of rigorous timing tests, At the same time the watches were subjected to magnetic fields, wide temperature variations and repeated shocks.
Claude-Henri Chabloz, President of the International Chronometry Competition, said: “The competition tests are extremely demanding. You have to pass all three 15-day tests just to finish. To use Formula One as an analogy, we can say that the watches have to take part in three grand prix races in a row without a pit stop! Under such conditions, a podium finish is an even more remarkable feat.”
With only a standard production timepiece presented for he International Chronometry Competition, Louis Moinet was the only independent brand to gain a top-three placing out of all the 25 participants in both the classic and tourbillon categories. The Mecanograph watch was conceived by Louis Moinet and produced by Concepto to Louis Moinet's specifications, The eye catching Calibre LM31 movement can be viewed through the dial and the display back.
The watch displays hours and minutes with signature central Gouttes de Rosée hands, with small seconds also displayed by a Gouttes de Rosée hand on a subdial at 9 o’clock. While the right half featuring Côte du Jura guilloche, the left half showcases the182-component, COSC-certified, automatic movement, with the regulator, screwed balance wheel, open gearing and Geneva-wave decorated mainplate all on display.
The display back reveals Louis Moinet’s signature Côtes du Jura motif, and the bi-directional winding rotor mounted on a high-tech ceramic ball bearing.
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