My favorite watchmaker surprised me once again. Louis Moinet presents its new Qatar Tourbillon, which includes two fragments of the only meteorite ever found in Qatar! All of Louis Moinet’s timepieces are either exclusive limited editions or unique pieces that include stones coming from the universe.
The meteorite used in the watch is called Qatar 001. It originated from the asteroid belt situated between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and it ended up in Jariyan al Batnah, in Qatar.
Qatar 001 is the only meteorite found in the whole country and it was discovered on May 10th of 2010 by Luc Labenne. “It is a chondrite type H5, very rich in metal and showing visible chondrules – distinctive round grains”, says Luc.
The manual winding movement is housed in 47 mm 18k white gold case composed of no less than 59 parts and water resistant down to 30 meters. The power reserve of 72 hours can be seen thanks to the open-worked spring at 12 o’clock. At 6 o’clock the tourbillon makes one turn in 60 seconds.
The dial features a hand-engraved dark blue applique around its periphery, which depicts the sand dunes and two white gold Qatari bent swords, while the backdrop is made from one of the oldest known fossils on earth (three billion year old) Red Stromatolite rock. It occupies the central portion of the dial. This interesting detail makes the Qatar Tourbillon even more unique because the Red Stromatolite is one of the Earth’s most ancient fossils.
The Qatar Tourbillon is mounted on a hand-sewn Louisiana alligator strap secured with a folding buckle made of white gold and black titanium and it is available in an exclusive limited edition of 12 pieces.