A place in his­tory


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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.

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