An arresting timepiece which displays a resolutely contemporary personality, the Memoris Yucatán watch forms part of the 2021 Life collection by independent Swiss watch manufacture, Louis Moinet. With its zesty green dial, and encased in a 46mm case of lightweight Grade 5 titanium, this stunning edition has irresistibly lively aesthetics and it carries an imposing wrist presence.
For their Memoris Life collection, Louis Moinet have reinterpreted their remarkable chronograph, infusing it with vivid colours and a sense of drama. Already notable for its sophisticated proprietary movement, which is designed to expose the intricate complexity of the chronograph mechanism on the dial side, this unique and daring collection adds a new dimension to this modern classic. Comprising of five models, each issued in a limited edition of twelve individually numbered pieces, the Life collection exhibits technical mastery and the assurance of rarity.
Although pared back to no more than a chapter ring and small decentralised dial on which the hours and minutes are displayed, the scintillating green dial of the Yucatán edition is outstanding. The effect is created through a combination of sunbrushed satin finishing with a bright green 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.
In every way, the Louis Moinet Memoris Yucatán is an extraordinary watch which bears testimony to the company’s two hundred year old chronograph mechanisms legacy, while also demonstrating their innovative approach to watchmaking. It has been manufactured in an exclusive production of only twelve examples, and is presented on a rubberised black alligator leather strap with green stitching and folding titanium clasp.