Comprising five models of twelve individually numbered limited edition pieces each, the Memoris Life collection offers a new perspective on this remarkable chronograph watch. Already notable for its sophisticated proprietary movement, which is designed to expose the intricate complexity of the chronograph mechanism on the dial side, with the Life collection Louis Moinet introduces a dramatic twist, with a daring theme of vibrant colours which add a new dimension to this modern classic.
Although pared back to no more than a chapter ring and small decentralised dial on which the hours and minutes are displayed, the lemon yellow dial of the Vesuvio edition is absolutely spectacular. The effect is created through a combination of sunbrushed satin finishing with a bright yellow 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 black 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.
A superb wristwatch which celebrates one of the most familiar yet complex of all horological complications, the Louis Moinet Memoris Vesuvio is a chronograph of captivating beauty. It has been manufactured in an exclusive production of only twelve examples, and is presented on a rubberised black alligator leather strap with yellow stitching and folding titanium clasp.