The stars align for Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet on September 16, 2016, when a penumbral eclipse of the moon (a lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s penumbral shadow) provides an ideal backdrop for the unveiling of its Memoris Red Eclipse timepiece—a watch created to mark the 200th anniversary of the first-ever chronograph, the Compteur de Tierces, invented by Louis Moinet.
The limited-edition timepiece is part of a series of three commemorative Memoris watches, two of which were shown earlier this year at the Crownology Lab and BaselWorld watch exhibitions. The automatic movement was specially built so that the monopusher, column-wheel chronograph system would be visible in its entirety from the dial side, with moving gears, teeth, and levers performing a sort of celestial dance against a starry sky motif each time the chronograph is engaged. On the back of the watch, the Memoris Red Eclipse name comes full circle via a red enamel moon, created in gold leaf enamel, that decorates the engine-turned rotor.
The entire movement, as well as the 18-karat white gold case, is hand-engraved with a swirling, lunar eclipse-inspired design. Only 12 will be made. Price: $99,900; louismoinet.com.
For more celestially inspired timepieces, see our reviews of the Harry Winston Premier Moon Phase luxury watch for women and the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy timepiece for men.