Louis Moinet Metropolis Only Watch is another piece that put lunar meteorites into good use. Its gold-plated dial features hand-punched decorations that mimic the surface of the moon including the lunar craters, which are filled with genuine specks of lunar meteorites.
The striking watch comes housed in a stylish 43.2 mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystal covering on front and back. The transparent case back with engraved words of “Pièce Unique – Only Watch” offers a striking view of the in-house made LM31 caliber movement located on the edge of the case between eight o’clock and eleven o’clock. The seconds dial is located right above the movement, and its hand slides over an easily readable sapphire crystal counter.
The blued steel hour and minute hands with dew drop tips circles around the rim with gold Arabic numeral hour markers. The gold powder-coated rim with a black background itself resembles the galaxy. Louis Moinet decorated the oscillating weight with a concentric Clou de Paris pattern, however, the highlight is the use of pieces of lunar meteorites – a first for the brand.
“We thought long and hard about how best to reach for the Moon and help children suffering from myopathy,” explains Jean-Marie Schaller, Ateliers Louis Moinet’s CEO, and Creative Director. “The legacy left by Mr. Louis Moinet himself helped guide us in the creation of this timepiece. As a watchmaker, he was one of the pioneers of observational astronomy. This piece demonstrates our commitment to Only Watch – and also offers a fitting tribute to an outstanding inventor and committed humanist.”
The Louis Moinet Metropolis Only Watch comes with a hand sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap, and a folding clasp with “Fleur-de-lys”. At the auction, it is estimated to fetch between $18,000 and $28,000.
Source: Only Watch