Black Gold Derrick

Limited Edition of 28 pieces


Black Gold Derrick

Black Gold Derrick revolutionises the worlds of oil and watchmaking, with openwork mechanical parts of the movement further enhancing the technology involved in its extraordinary mechanism. The piece boasts a skeleton movement, haute horlogerie finishings, a three-day power reserve, and an all-new seconds display.

Black gold watchmaking

The original spirit of the piece, redolent of the world of oil, remains intact. The watch’s entire movement represents the drilling process. A drive shaft sits on the right of the dial, between 2 and 4 o’clock. This powers a long articulated arm, known as the walking beam, between 10 and 2 o’clock. At its left-hand end is the oblong-shaped ‘head’, the most striking visual characteristic of a derrick.

The circuit naturally ends with a barrel at 9 o’clock, made from titanium and symbolising successful extraction. It too is in constant rotation: Louis Moinet has dedicated it to marking the seconds, read off at the bottom of the barrel, on a red engraved seconds track. The rotating barrel is also engraved with Louis Moinet’s name, atop its iconic fleur-de-lis motif.

Exclusive developments

Echoing the black gold depicted as running through the watch, the bridges are made from black PVD. Created exclusively for the Black Gold Derrick, they are open-worked, so as to give pride of place to the visual effect of the going train.

The plate is also completely new, as is the barrel cover. This now offers a view from above of the spring, whilst raised engraving on the minimalist-style cover proudly displays the 72-hour power reserve.

Watchmaking ethos

The Black Gold Derrick is imbued with the spirit of fine watchmaking. The time is displayed by two central rhodium-plated hands, regulated by a tourbillon escapement at 6 o’clock. The bridges and their many acute angles are all hand-finished, featuring pearled decor on the plate and the derrick bridge, and fine lines on the other bridges.

The assembly is housed in a new white gold case by Louis Moinet, dubbed NEO. Premiered worldwide at Baselworld, it embodies a noteworthy step by the Ateliers towards a more dynamic, contemporary style. The NEO case’s original, contemporary design includes open-work lugs; in a fine watchmaking flourish, these sport black zircon tips. In addition to open-work lugs, the sides have been sculpted, and the crown has also been modernised. This technical assembly, with over 45 parts, is topped by a six-screw bezel, now one of Louis Moinet’s stylistic hallmarks.

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Technical specifications

  • Features and indications

    Working representation of an oil well pumpjack in brushed aluminium

    Exclusive tourbillon escapement

    Central hour and minutes

    Small seconds at 9 o'clock

  • Dial and hands

    Black Gold Derrick : open-worked black PVD bridges

    Gouttes de Rosée hands

  • Movement and Finishing

    Exclusive tourbillon escapement with a representation of an oil derrick

    Winding: Manual

    Mechanism visible through the case-back with “octopus” spring

    Oscillations: 21,600 vph

    Frequency: 3 Hz

    Lines: 14 ½

    Power reserve: 72 hours

    Tourbillon cage: One full rotation every 60 seconds

    Jewels: 27

    Escapement: Side lever

  • Case and strap

    Case: Original design by Louis Moinet®, made up of 59 parts

    Material: 18k white gold

    Case diameter: 45,4 mm

    Water-resistance: 30 metres

    Caseback: Secured with 6 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet markings

    Crystals: Two anti-reflective sapphire crystals

    Strap: Louisiana alligator leather, hand-sewn, width between lugs : 24 mm

    Buckle: 18k white gold folding clasp with Louis Moinet symbol

Working Oil Derrick
This unique pumpjack automaton is in constant motion, completing its cycle once every 15 seconds
Rotating 60-second tourbillon cage maximises timekeeping precision by averaging the effects of positional variations
Black PVD
The open-worked the bridges are made from black PVD
Small second
The titanium barrel at 9 o'clock is marking the seconds
Discover the mechanism in motion
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