A spectacular example of contemporary independent watchmaking, the Memoris Borneo combines vibrant colour tones with an extraordinary display of mechanical complexity. Featuring an intense orange dial, and encased in a 46mm case of lightweight Grade 5 titanium, this stunning edition boasts arresting aesthetics and an imposing wrist presence.
The piece forms part of the 2021 Memoris Life collection by Louis Moinet. Already renowned for its sophisticated proprietary movement, which is designed to expose the intricacies of the chronograph mechanism on the dial side, this stunning new collection adds a dramatic interpretation to this modern classic. Comprising of five models, each issued in a limited edition of twelve individually numbered watches, these pieces boast rarity and they demonstrate the technical mastery of this independent Swiss watch manufacturer.
Although pared back to no more than a chapter ring and small decentralised dial on which the hours and minutes are displayed, the intense orange dial of the Yucatán edition is superb. The effect is created through a combination of sunbrushed satin finishing with a bright orange varnish, and a silvering process, which gives the dial an added metallic appearance. Two skeletonised subdials at the three and the nine display the thirty-minute chrono counter and small constant seconds respectively, and the red hands stand out effectively against the exposed mechanical backdrop beneath.
Accentuated against the blue backdrop of the movement plate which is decorated with pronounced Côtes de Genève stripes, the focus is drawn towards the components of the chronograph which are fully exposed on the dial side. Operated via the single mono pusher which is adjacent to the crown, the distinctive column wheel with its crown of teeth, which defines the contemporary chronograph is directly below the twelve, and is the command centre to the levers which activate the complication. With the gears and wheels of the going train also visible, it is a captivating view of this fascinating mechanical array.
On the underside, a sapphire caseback reveals the superb hand finishing of the 18Kt gold oscillating weight and Côtes de Genève decoration on the plates and bridges of the self winding movement within. Fully manufactured in house by Louis Moinet the Calibre LM86 beats at 28’800vph, and will run for 48 hours before requiring rewinding.
Undeniably sophisticated, yet resolutely modern, the Louis Moinet Memoris Borneo offers a new prospective on one of the most familiar yet complex of all horological complications. It has been manufactured in an exclusive production of only twelve examples, and is presented on a rubberised orange alligator leather strap with blue stitching and folding titanium clasp.