Wednesday, March 30, 2016

LOUIS MOINET – Black Gold Derrick Edition

LOUIS MOINET Black Gold Derrick Tourbillon Limited Edition NEW

Where time and black gold both flow

Louis Moinet’s spectacular new-look Derrick revolutionises the worlds of oil and watchmaking once more, with openwork mechanical parts of the movement further enhancing the technology involved in its extraordinary mechanism. The piece boasts a skeleton movement, haute horlogerie finishings, a three-day power reserve, and an all-new seconds display.

“The passage of time is mysterious, inescapable and intangible. Combining time with the world of oil was both a surprise and a success. The Derrick Tourbillon became a classic overnight – and a fun way to measure human activity.”

Three years after it was first created, with a few dozen watches’ worth of original limited editions, the Derrick Tourbillon has taken a new turn, picking up the watchmaking tale where it left off with the advent of the Black Gold Derrick.

Black gold watchmaking

The original spirit of the piece, redolent of the world of oil, remains intact. The watch’s entire movement represents the drilling process. A drive shaft sits on the right of the dial, between 2 and 4 o’clock. This powers a long articulated arm, known as the walking beam, between 10 and 2 o’clock. At its left-hand end is the oblong-shaped ‘head’, the most striking visual characteristic of a derrick.

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The circuit naturally ends with a barrel at 9 o’clock, made from titanium and symbolising successful extraction. It too is in constant rotation: Louis Moinet has dedicated it to marking the seconds, read off at the bottom of the barrel, on a red engraved seconds track. The rotating barrel is also engraved with Louis Moinet’s name, atop its iconic fleur-de-lis motif.

Exclusive developments

Echoing the black gold depicted as running through the watch, the bridges are made from black PVD. Created exclusively for the Black Gold Derrick, they are open-worked, so as to give pride of place to the visual effect of the going train.
The plate is also completely new, as is the barrel cover. This now offers a view from above of the spring, whilst raised engraving on the minimalist-style cover proudly displays the 72-hour power reserve.

Watchmaking ethos

The Black Gold Derrick is imbued with the spirit of fine watchmaking. The time is displayed by two central rhodium-plated hands, regulated by a tourbillon escapement at 6 o’clock. The bridges and their many acute angles are all hand-finished, featuring pearled decor on the plate and the derrick bridge, and fine lines on the other bridges.

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The assembly is housed in a new white gold case by Louis Moinet, dubbed NEO. Premiered worldwide at Baselworld, it embodies a noteworthy step by the Ateliers towards a more dynamic, contemporary style. The NEO case’s original, contemporary design includes open-work lugs; in a fine watchmaking flourish, these sport black zircon tips. In addition to open-work lugs, the sides have been sculpted, and the crown has also been modernised. This technical assembly, with over 45 parts, is topped by a six-screw bezel, now one of Louis Moinet’s stylistic hallmarks.

The Black Gold Derrick comes in a strictly limited edition of 28 pieces.

Technical specifications:

Model: Black Gold Derrick

Collection:  Limited Edition to 28 pieces

Reference:  LM-43.70.03

Derrick Tourbillon is a horological world first,  combining the regal air of an intricately-engineered Tourbillon with The powerful majesty of a fully working representation of an oil derrick
Exclusive and patented Tourbillon with Mechanism by Louis Moinet®
Winding: Manual Tourbillon
Mechanical exclusive Louis Moinet calibre LM14D,
Exclusive Tourbillon Movement with animated derrick
Frequency: 21,600 vph / 3Hz
Power reserve: 72 hours
Jewels: 27
Balance: Glucydur, screwed
Hours, minutes, Seconds.
Rotating 60-second tourbillon cage maximises timekeeping precision by averaging the effects of positional variations
Material: 18K White Gold
Original Louis Moinet® design featuring six-screw bezel
Original design by Louis Moinet®, made up of 59 parts
Case diameter: 47.00 mm
Water-resistance: 30 metres
Caseback: Secured with 6 screws, engraved with individual number and Louis Moinet® markings
Crystals: Two anti-reflective sapphire crystals
Patent-pending crown guard
Sapphire crystal and back
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment
Working Oil Derrick
This unique pumpjack automaton is in constant motion, completing its cycle once every 15 seconds
Louisiana alligator leather, hand-sewn, 24mm width between lugs.
Folding clasp: 18-carat.

----------------------------------------------------------- - Louis Moinet

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