Louis Moinet is an independent watch brand located in Saint-Blaise Switzerland that is best known for its creation of limited edition timepieces that often use exotic materials. The brand was named after the eminent French astronomer and watchmaker Louis Moinet (1768-1853) who is credited with a large number of technical accomplishments including the invention of the chronograph. In 2001, the brand was revived by Jean-Maire Schaller who is both the brand’s founder and creative director.
Five interesting facts about Louis Moinet
A NEW WORLD RECORD
For almost two centuries it was thought that Nicolas Rieussec was the inventor of the chronograph until a Louis Moinet piece was presented at Christie’s. Schaller bought the piece for CHF 60,000 and it was only when experts started to restore it that they realized that they had the world’s very first chronograph in their hands.
A STRANGE DREAM
The night before the Christie’s auction, Schaller had a strange dream about the number 50,000. When he awoke he decided that this must be a sign for the upper limit for which he should bid. He bought the watch for exactly that amount.
Louis Moinet was friends with another illustrious watchmaker, Abraham-Louis Breguet and served as his personal advisor.
AN ACCOMPLISHED PAINTER
Louis Moinet was also an excellent painter and was made a Professor of Fine Arts at the Louvre before pursuing his horological career.
Jean-Marie Schaller is also a keen painter and enjoys writing detective fiction in his spare time.