5 New Watches From Independent Watchmakers At Watches & Wonders 2021

Joshua Munchow highlights five pieces from some of our favorite independent brands that have just been released at Watches & Wonders 2021. From sapphire crystal-encased tourbillons and constant force fusée-and-chain-powered movements to stunning art pieces, these watches span genres and the spectrum of collector dreams.

Louis Moinet Space Revolution: An Epic Space Battle On The Wrist (With Video)

Looking at the Louis Moinet Space Revolution, the latest in the brand’s Cosmic Art collection, fills you with incredulity: is it a watch? Is it a piece of kinetic art? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or did it spring from the mind of George Lucas? Make up your own mind by checking it out right here.

Our Predictions In The Chronograph Category Of The 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG): Limited Editions Rule The Roost

Is the universal attraction of a chronograph found in the ability to control part of the timekeeping yourself using the often-dynamic-looking extra dials and hands? For the GPHG, at any rate, this is an important category with, as usual, a very strong lineup. So how is our panel leaning when it comes to picking a winner? Find out here.

The Louis Moinet Compteur de Tierces has four displays: a long central hand rotating once per second, and three sub dials indicating elapsed seconds, minutes, and hours

Discovery, Firsts, And The Louis Moinet Compteur De Tierces – Reprise

The Louis Moinet compteur de tierces is one of the most remarkable finds in horological history in an extremely long time: it was the very first chronograph ever made, though no one knew this until recently. Get the details here!

Louis Moinet Ultravox

Louis Moinet Ultravox Hour Striker: Chiming Horology’s Mechanical Past

Louis Moinet has produced a watch that continues the centuries old tradition of chiming the passing hours. The watch in question is the remarkable Ultravox, a ‘sonnerie in passing’ chiming the hours and providing a show while striking. Joshua Munchow takes a closer look.

Louis Moinet Spacewalker

Louis Moinet Spacewalker: Spectacularly Highlighting First Human Spacewalk By Alexey Leonov

Louis Moinet’s intergalactic Spacewalker celebrates the historic 1965 flight by cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, when he became the first human to venture outside a pressurized capsule and into the void of space, barely making it back. This timepiece (and story) will brighten your day!

The Louis Moinet Compteur de Tierces

Louis Moinet Compteur De Tierces: The World’s First (Known) Chronograph (Archive)

The Louis Moinet compteur de tierces is one of the most remarkable finds in horological history in an extremely long time: it was the very first chronograph ever made.

Louis Moinet's Treasures of the World Green Aventurine Vertalis Tourbillon seems to be only one of two wristwatches fitted with a quartz aventurine stone

Aventurine: Sparkling, Glittering, Mysterious, And Placing A Galaxy Of Stars On Your Wrist

Despite seeing aventurine in six new wristwatches at SIHH – more than the number of new tourbillons Elizabeth counted – it remains a decorative artisanal element used only by luxury watchmakers in small series or unique pieces for its beauty and decorative properties. While there is some uncertainty about the origin of aventurine, it continues to add mysterious shine and scintillating glamour to watches. Here is what aventurine really is and where it comes from.

pre-selected Tourbillon watches for the 2017 GPHG are, clockwise from top left above: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, David Candaux 1740 – The First 8, Beat Haldimann Central Balance Pure H12, Louis Moinet Mobilis, and Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon

Our Predictions In The Tourbillon And Escapement Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And We Are Split Over 3 Watches

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. In this edition, our panel wades through the difficult Tourbillon and Escapement Category trying to select a winner.

Louis Moinet Space Mystery in pink gold

Louis Moinet Space Mystery: Amino Acids Abound!

The Louis Moinet Space Mystery features a new invention christened the “satellite tourbillon.” Space Mystery also boasts fragments of meteorites from the moon, Mars, and a fragment of carbonaceous chondrite meteorite containing amino acids, whose origins may go back further than the creation of our solar system. A watch nerd enigma to follow us on!