News Baselworld 2014 – Mecanograph City

Louis Moinet’s Mecanograph City Limited Editions showcase the dynamism of the world’s greatest capital cities. They are a celebration and a tribute to the impact these cities have had on culture and architecture.

Mecanograph Qatar

The Mecanograph Doha reflects the lofty ambitions of Doha whose dynamic architecture is the product of the best designers from around the world.

The high urban towers of WestBay are the linchpins of the city, and have generated an incredible image typically characteristic of Doha. They have been hand engraved by combining line engraving with a special, secret technique to create clearly pronounced embossing. This is important for recreating the atmosphere of Doha, with its distinctive urban landscape.

Particularly attention has been devoted to the finishing touches: the depth of the satiny lines, the use of light between matt and shine in harmony with the darker patina once inlaid, which gives the piece its vibrant city look.

Extraordinary meteorite QATAR 001

The Mecanograph Doha is privileged by a watchmaking exclusive: fragments of the legendary meteorite QATAR 001, finely inlaid into the glossy-dark, star-studded Doha skyline. QATAR 001 is the one and only meteorite ever found in Qatar, and its official name has been confirmed by the Meteoritical Society. Louis Moinet has acquired this precious meteorite to turn it into horological art.

 

Mecanograph New York

New York is often considered to be “the capital of the world”. It has a significant impact in all fields, whether world trade, the media, the arts, fashion, showbiz, technology, research or education.

It is the biggest city in the United States of America with more than 8 million inhabitants and is also one of the most cosmopolitan metropolises in the world: nearly half of its inhabitants speak a language other than English at home, 150 different languages are spoken there and it receives 50 million visitors a year.

Hand engraving

Hand engraving combines line engraving with a special, secret technique to produce clearly pronounced embossing. This is important for recreating the atmosphere of New York, with its distinctive urban landscape. The central element is the One World Trade Center, the country’s biggest skyscraper at 541 metres high, spire included. It was chosen because it symbolises New York’s revival. Other emblematic skyscrapers are easy to recognise like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, which were both the tallest in the world when built in 1930. The famous Brooklyn Bridge, which dates back to 1883 and spans the East River, is also represented.

Hand engraving takes more than twenty hours of work, with attention particularly devoted to the finishing touches: the depth of the satiny lines, the use of light between matt and shine in harmony with the darker patina once inlaid, which gives the whole a metallic look inspired by the city.

Extraordinary New York meteorite

Bolstered by working with Luc Labenne, the famous meteorite hunter, Louis Moinet presents a watchmaking exclusive with these fragments of the legendary New York meteorite, carefully set into the glossy-blue, star-studded New York City skyline.

This ferrous meteorite was bought in 1965 in the port of New York from the captain of a fishing boat, who we can suppose obtained it from an Inuit. The meteorite is the only one to have been officially given the name New York, as confirmed by the Meteoritical Society.