Japan Rocket

316L stainless steel
Limited edition of 20 watches

LM-45.10.JP

A masterpiece of watchmaking that literally transcends time and space.


The extraordinary JAPAN ROCKET harbours three distinct and genuine cosmic elements: a fragment of the Japanese H-IIB rocket, an extremely rare lunar meteorite, and a Gibeon meteorite. Together, they are witnesses to the immensity of the universe and human being’s ceaseless quest to explore it. Each aspect of this watch, from mechanism to contemporary design, evokes both the loftiness of space exploration and mastery of a traditional craft.

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Japan Rocket LM-45.10.JP

Caliber LM45

High precision automatic movement.

Automatic

28800 VPH (4 Hz)

48 hours

Jewels: 22

43.2 mm

Hours, Minutes, Seconds

Hours, Minutes, Seconds

50 meters

Alligator

24 mm

Folding clasp

316L stainless steel
Gibeon Meteorite dial

Swiss made

The backstory

To space and back

On 21 July 2012, the Japanese rocket H-IIB soared across the Pacific sky on its way into orbit. Its mission that day was to carry the H-Transfer Vehicle (HTV), known as Kounotori, to the International Space Station (ISS). It had some essentials on board for the astronauts, replacement parts for the ISS, and various experimentation devices and research apparatus. The H-IIB rocket was the product of a collaboration between the Japanese space agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It was an unmitigated success, having completed nine major missions between 2009 and 2020 without the slightest hitch.

Today, a real fragment from the payload fairing of that H-IIB rocket, has become immortalised onboard a very special timepiece: the JAPAN ROCKET. This bit of space history has been ingeniously positioned behind a lunar meteorite, and both elements were carefully enclosed inside an aluminium capsule. This was done to preserve their incalculable value and highlight their cosmic singularity.

Gibeon meteorite

Symbol of the universe

The Gibeon meteorite fell in Namibia and was named after the nearest town. It is famous for its distinctive “Widmanstätten pattern,” which is typical for extraterrestrial ferrous rocks. The Gibeon meteorite has been dyed midnight blue by means of an innovative process demanding great expertise and skill, and then placed at the centre of the dial.

Moon meteorite

An authentic lunar meteorite fragment

This limited-edition watch offers an exclusive, genuine fragment of the moon, an extremely rare and precious material, since only 300 such meteorites have ever been recorded world-wide.

This meteorite travelled more than 400,000 kilometres through intersidereal space before being captured by Earth’s gravity and landing in the Dhofar Desert in Oman.

Here, a piece of this rare material has been transformed into a veritable work of art. Carefully sculpted and dyed red, it evokes the characteristic visual elements of the Japanese rocket H-IIB.

The self-winding calibre

The finishing of the movement is based on the noble traditions of fine watchmaking: côtes de Genève, diamond-polished chamfers, circular satinated wheels, circular graining. Through the sapphire crystal case back, one can observe the movements of the ball-bearing mounted rotor. The clous de Paris, or hobnail, motif so dear to Louis Moinet in the nineteenth century, has been reinterpreted in a concentric version, which gives the impression of continuous movement.

The Neo case

An industry trailblazer

The stainless-steel Neo case has a unique silhouette, whose manufacturing demanded innovative techniques. Everything is built around two bands that hug the case holding the openworked lugs in place. The bezel is firmly mounted upon the case using six visible screws, a Louis Moinet hallmark. The alligator leather strap is secured by a folding clasp adorned with the curved Fleur-de-lys, the symbol of Louis Moinet.

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