Louis Moinet: A life of giving

Louis Moinet spent his life dedicated to furthering the art of horology, freely sharing his ingenious ideas with his fellow watchmakers, and ignoring commercial incentive.

Louis Moinet (1768–1853)

Acknowledged by his peers as a good-hearted man of outstanding intellect, he died in Paris on 21st May, 1853, at the age of 85.

Moinet’s hallmark was his twin passions, those of art and horology, which he channelled into true works of horological art. The Louis Moinet brand today carries on this magnificent tradition.

The Louis Moinet brand today

Louis Moinet was one of the greatest watchmakers ever – his inventiveness, passion and willingness to pass on his wisdom mean his contribution to horology is immeasurable.

His spirit lives on thanks to Jean-Marie Schaller who, as founder and creative director of the Louis Moinet brand, revived the prestigious name of the inspirational master watchmaker.

Jean-Marie Schaller, Louis Moinet CEO and Creative Director
  • Louis Moinet is today an independent watch brand located in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, specialising in the creation of high-end timepieces, often featuring exotic materials and innovative technology, underpinned by the philosophy of limited edition mechanical art.All of Louis Moinet’s timepieces are either exclusive limited editions or unique pieces.Uniqueness, creative horology, art and design, and exclusivity are at the heart of Louis Moinet creations.

    The Louis Moinet motif. Left to right the symbols represent uniqueness, creative horology, exclusivity, and art and design

Louis Moinet: A brand apart

Louis Moinet timepieces are distinguished by a strong identity, with “Côtes du Jura” guilloche dials, “Gouttes de rosée” hands, and distinctive cases with screwed bezels.

Geograph Rainforest, with a “Côtes du Jura” dial, “Gouttes de rosée” hands, the distinctive Louis Moinet case and chronograph dials made from fossilised palm wood

Another signature feature of Louis Moinet is the use of extremely rare materials, such as tropical fossilised palm wood and dinosaur bone, or wondrous meteorites hailing from the Moon or Mars.

  • A piece of the Sahara 955 meteorite, a fragment of which can be found in the dial of Astralis, among other Louis Moinet creations

    The most extraordinary of the meteorites used in Louis Moinet timepieces – the Sahara 955, a fragment of which can be found in the dial of Astralis, for example – has been estimated as 4.6 billion years old, making it the oldest known rock in our Solar System.

    Louis Moinet timepieces are the subject of numerous patent applications to protect technical innovations which have won several international accolades.

    Louis Moinet has won two Red Dot Awards for design

    Tempograph and Jules Verne Instrument have each won a prestigious Red Dot Award for design while the Jules Verne Instrument also claimed the prize for ‘Most Innovative Design Watch’ at the Journey Through Time awards organised by Malaysia’s renowned Starhill Gallery.

    Jules Verne Instrument No.1, here with a black dial, which has won two prestigious awards

    Continuing and preserving Louis Moinet’s historical heritage, Louis Moinet is proud to count a number of today’s celebrities among their prestigious clientele, such as His Majesty King Fouad Farouk, the last king of Egypt, and the King of Malaysia, among others.