Tempograph retrograde technology
Tempograph is the world’s first wristwatch to feature a 10-second retrograde indication and its retrograde hand construction comprises 15 components meticulously crafted to micron tolerances. Jean-Claude Sozzani, head of Tempograph’s technical development, explains: “Never before has a retrograde mechanism been fully revealed. Ours is particularly spectacular because of the cam and lever. The need to perfectly define its centre of gravity made this part especially complex to produce.” So original is the retrograde mechanism that a patent has been duly filed for it.
The Louis Moinet crown guard
The Louis Moinet signature crown guard consists of an independent stem integrated within a watertight system and held with a plate secured by four screws. It represents a major advantage compared to the traditionally soldered stem, facilitating its replacement if required.
Jules Verne Instrument chronograph lever
The innovative Jules Verne Instrument chronograph lever is particularly striking and continues the Louis Moinet tradition of pushing technological boundaries in watchmaking. The lever smartly folds out from the case to prime the chronograph; it folds back to wrap around the bezel elegantly yet securely when the chronograph function is no longer needed, thus preventing accidental chronograph activation which could drain the power reserve.
Jules Verne Instrument chronograph case
Jules Verne Instruments 1 and 2 picked up the prize for ‘Most Innovative Design Watch’ at the Journey Through Time awards organised by Malaysia’s renowned Starhill Gallery. The case and bezel boast a steam punk style with eight screws. The lugs are stylishly integrated into the case. The robust Grade 5 titanium and 316L stainless steel case evoke the over-engineering of the Victorian era, but in fact boast modern-day lightness. Finally, the waterproof porthole in the case band at 9 o’clock contains a fragment of the rare Dhofar 459 lunar meteorite – a real piece of the moon that fell to Earth.