The independent watchmaker named after the inventor of chronograph, Louis Moinet, has presented a captivating new tourbillion as a part of the tenth anniversary of its atelier in Neuchatel. New Vertalor is an open-worked timepiece with distinctive architecture. Namely, it possesses a tourbillion which is suspended in an uncommon manner with the means of a gold bridge with three arms. The opposite side of the dial exposes the barrel of the movement which is also held in place with a bridge made of gold. These features are supplemented with various details that are inspired with creations of Louis Moinet. Vertalor is launched in two versions, in white and rose gold, which are both restricted to 28 pieces.
The architectonics of the novel watch by Louis Moinet is the trait that undoubtedly sets this watch apart. It is the first ever timepiece whose tourbillion is held in place with a three-part bridge which gives it a hefty dose of originality. The bridge of the tourbillion is located on the traditional place at the bottom of the dial and it is made of 18 K gold. As for the tourbillion, it completes a full revolution every 60 seconds and that is why it is used to display seconds. For this purpose, the Neuchatel based manufacturer used a specific star-shaped hand which is the same kind that was used in historic Julius Caesar clock. This timekeeper was made by Louis Moinet himself back in 1825.
In order to harmonize the looks of its open-faced dial, Vertalor also has its barrel exposed on the opposite side, at the top of the dial. As it has been mentioned, the barrel is also suspended with a golden bridge. Additionally, it is a bit redone and made with a sunray motif cover. When speaking about the skeletonized parts that can be seen, we should also mention the caliber’s winding cog that is located in the center, between the suspended components.
There are plenty other impressive details that can be seen on the dial of Louis Moinet Vertalor. For example, the very center part of the three-dimensional dial is embellished with fragments of meteorites that originate from the Moon. Around it, we can see a lovely Cotes de Jura striped pattern. There is also the applied logo of the brand which is, unsurprisingly, likewise crafted from gold. Furthermore, we can see gently slated central hands of a distinctive shape. As it is customary for the brand’s models, they end with Gouttes de Rosee (dew drop) shaped tips. Finally, there are also eight curved hour markers which were diamond-cut.
In the core of the newcomer there is a manually-wound mechanical caliber with 19 jewels. The tourbillion movement features a side-lever escapement and it oscillates at the frequency of 3 Hz. It is 14 ½ lignes wide and it supplies a power reserve that lasts for three full days.
Complex Case Construction
The in-house movement is placed inside a round housing which is made in the brand’s patented design and which includes as much as 59 parts. It is pretty wide and has the substantial diameter of 47 mm. It sports a bezel which is fixed with eight screws in an interesting arrangement where three of them are positioned on the top half and five others on the bottom one. For the crystal, the brand used a glare-proofed sapphire. The same kind of transparent material can be found on the case-back which is secured with six screws. Overall, the construction can withstand water pressure up to 30 meters.
For the wristlet of the novel watch, Louis Moinet chose a hand-sewn alligator strap which is 24 mm wide and which fastens a folding clasp with the engraved logo of the independent Swiss watchmaker. As it has been said, there are two versions of the piece: the rose gold one (with the reference number LM-35.50.55) and the white gold one (with the designation LM-35.50.50). Both of the version feature casings with 18 K purity of the precious metal and both are launched in a restricted series that consists of 28 pieces.