Stardance timepiece by Louis Moinet is, to say the least, an extremely beautiful product of high-end watchmaking. More importantly, it is the first watch ever made with nano-diamonds originating from outer space. To be specific, the moon phase of the watch incorporates material from Enstatite EH3 meteorite which was created even before the birth of our solar system.
This curiosity is supplemented with additional skillful decorations and precious materials, such as diamonds, sapphires and mother of pearl, while its strong horology lays in its self-winding mechanical movement. It is undoubtedly a very successful watch by Louis Moinet, which is demonstrated with the fact that this timepiece with the price tag of around $21,160 is on the shortlist for the Best Ladies’ award at the upcoming GPHG 2013.
Undoubtedly, the most distinguishing trait of the watch is its moon phase indication which features the moon made of pieces of interstellar rocks which were formed more than 4.55 billions of years ago when our solar system came about. These nano-diamonds are set against the background made of aventurine which is utilized for the representation of a night sky. However, this is just one of many fine embellishments used on this Louis Moinet newcomer which is issued in a limited edition that symbolically consists of 365 pieces.
Lovely Decorations and Noble Materials
Stardance timekeeper has a white mother-of-pearl dial which proudly boasts a lovely Cotes du Jura guilloche wave-lake pattern. The stylish dial likewise includes distinctive rhodium-plated Gouttes de Rosée (or dewdrop) shaped hour and minute hands, as well as a sun motif that serves as the seconds hand on its small seconds dial placed at the bottom, as a true opposite of its moon phase night representation. More exciting decorations are visible on its white ceramic bezel which shows off 54 WS Top Wesselton diamonds and six more cabochon sapphires set in two-hour increments.
Louis Moinet Stardance watch is fitted into a round housing made from grade 5 titanium with polished finish. The diameter of this women’s watch is 35.6 mm, while its thickness measures to 12.1 mm. Its case guarantees water resistance to 50 meters and is paired with two double glare-proofed sapphire crystals which are placed on both sides. Its transparent case-back is fixed with seven screws and it displays engravings that show the individual number of the watch in the limited edition, the brand’s logo and a scene with a starry night with a shooting star. For the wristlet of the watch with the reference number LM-32-20DSAP.80, the manufacturer chose a white hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather strap with alligator leather lining. It closes with a double folding clasp which is made of combination of grade 5 titanium and 316L stainless steel and which features polished and matte finishes.
Self-Winding Movement Developed alongside Concepto
As it has been mentioned, the newcomer by Louis Moinet utilizes a self-winding mechanical movement. The caliber in question was created in the cooperation with Concepto and is based on an already existing movement which was supplemented with additional 49 components. It is a 11 ½ lignes wide movement which integrates 28 jewels and includes a Glucydur balance which operates at the frequency of 28,800. Once fully wound, this automatic movement provides a power reserve of 42 hours. Moreover, the movement is exposed through the case-back and it also displays demanding decorations. It is ornamented with a gold-toned moon representation and rays of sun which are shown by a specially crafted polished and cabochon-shaped component. There is also a slightly less luxurious version of the model which has its ceramic bezel set with only six diamonds. The contender for the best ladies’ watch of the year was recently displayed at Salon Internacional de Alta Relojeria (SIAR) which was organized in the capital of Mexico.