A place in history
LOUIS MOINET IS AWARDED GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR INVENTING FIRST CHRONOGRAPH
FOLLOWING A PAINSTAKING PROCESS of intense research and investigations that took the best part of six months, the Guinness World Records Organisation have recognised Louis Moinet as the inventor of the world’s first chronograph.
By recognising Moinet as the originator of the chronograph, the Guinness World Records have confirmed as fact, what was already acknowledged in the world of haute horlogerie: that the chronograph was first invented by Moinet in 1816, with his “Compteur de Tierces”.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this honour in a very special year, in which we’re celebrating the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph (1816-2016),” said Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Ateliers Louis Moinet.
“The fact that Louis Moinet is the father of the chronograph – having invented it in 1816 – is beyond dispute, and well-known by lovers of fine watches. The title that’s now been awarded by the Guinness World Records Organisation takes things to the next level. It opens up the way for greater public awareness of our firm, offering worldwide recognition that crosses borders and extends well beyond the world of fine watch connoisseurs.”
In 1816, Moinet created an artistic and technological masterpiece that created haute horological history. Beating at a rhythm of 216,000 vibrations per hour, designed to observe the orbits of the planets the world’s first-ever chronograph was a harbinger of finer things to come.
To celebrate the bicentenary of Moinet’s history-making invention, the Swiss atelier presented Memoris, the first chronograph watch, clothed with light, in honour of the spirit of their founder. The stunning timepiece clad in a canopy of stars blazing out of the night sky, was the first of a series of Limited Edition creations dedicated to the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph.
Three strictly limited editions have since been created during this very special year. The first was unveiled in Geneva in January; the second, at Baselworld; the third, Memoris Red Eclipse, was unveiled at Neuchâtel Observatory and was shortlisted for the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
“The mission of our Ateliers has always been closely tied to gaining recognition for Louis Moinet (1768-1853) and his essential contributions to watchmaking, and restoring him to the pantheon of great watchmakers. This Guinness World Records title is a decisive new step in that direction,” said Schaller.