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Time Explorator

Time Explorator is a unique ‘time-travelling machine’, a steampunk treasure trove that takes us on a journey through decades, centuries and millennia thanks to its nine smartly concealed portals, each one leading to a niche in which a major historical milestone is symbolised.

Time Explorator also serves as a showcase for the first timepiece in a limited edition of 12 – Jurassic Tourbillon – the dial of which is crafted from genuine fossilised dinosaur bone.

At three metres wide and two metres high, Time Explorator is an impressive objet d’art bearing all the hallmarks of the type of retro-futurist creation coined by legendary author Jules Verne, while its ‘time travelling’ spirit could easily grace the pages of something written by Verne’s fellow science fiction pioneer, H.G. Wells.         

Boasting a rich mahogany wood shell with riveted metal trimming, Time Explorator features two rows of three panels, each one containing elements of a futuristic engine room as though it had been imagined during the 19th century.

There are taps, valves, gears, vents and levers as well as a number of copper pipes and gauges that conjure images of the Victorian era.

On one side we even find an early telephone – the stuff of dreams during the steam age – while adorning the top is a vintage searchlight that wouldn’t look out of place on Verne’s Nautilus craft.

Each top panel houses three portals, each one emblazoned with a date and leading to a niche where a corresponding historical milestone is represented.

Accessing the 1848 portal, we can discover what constituted excellence in the mid-19th century with an original edition of Louis Moinet’s watchmaking reference Traité d’Horlogerie, the fruits of 20 years of in-depth study.

Another portal leads to a niche containing a fossilised dinosaur egg, taking us back in time 65,000,000 years, when these creatures disappeared from the surface of the Earth leaving in their wake a mystery to be solved – and their fossilised eggs as a legacy. 

Time Explorator can also project us into the future, with the portal bearing the year 3010 leading us to a beautifully crafted terrestrial globe, reminding us that our hope rests in preserving our greatest asset: the Earth.

And Time Explorator also gives us the modern day, with the 2010 niche serving as a showcase for the first timepiece in a limited edition of 12 – Jurassic Tourbillon – the dial of which features genuine fossilised dinosaur bone.

Pictured: Louis Moinet founder, CEO and creative director Jean-Marie Schaller (left) next to Philippe Truan, CEO of Roger Truan SA, who created Time Explorator with Louis Moinet.

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  • Serves as a showcase for the first timepiece in a limited edition of 12 - Jurassic Tourbillon - the dial of which features genuine fossilised dinosaur bone
  • Three metres wide x two metres high
  • Retro futurist design
  • Rich mahogany wood shell with riveted metal trimming
  • Two rows of three panels, each one containing elements of a futuristic engine room as though it had been imagined during the 19th century
  • Taps, valves, gears, vents and levers as well as a number of copper pipes and gauges that conjure images of the Victorian era
  • Each top panel houses three portals, each one emblazoned with a date and leading to a niche where a corresponding historical milestone is represented
  • Nine portals in total
  • Historical milestones featured include an original mid-19th century edition of Louis Moinet’s watchmaking reference Traité d’Horlogerie, a fossilised dinosaur egg and a beautifully crafted terrestrial globe