Switzerland | 2020
SPACE REVOLUTION is a flying satellite double tourbillon and Louis Moinet’s first space object.
Two spaceships battle it out beneath a sapphire crystal dome, facing off eighteen times an hour: the upper spacecraft completes a clockwise rotation every five minutes, whilst the lower vessel turns in the opposite direction, completing a counter-clockwise revolution every ten minutes. Meanwhile, two constantly revolving space stations stage a powerful defense against the effects of gravity. To ensure they can float freely in space, the craft weigh barely 0.5 grammes each and are made entirely from titanium, with a hybrid ceramic colour finish applied by hand. Their movement can be measured in terms of the speed of light – almost 300,000 kilometres per second. The depths of space have been reproduced by inserting a floating flange between the cylinder and the sapphire crystal dome.
“To establish the SPACE REVOLUTION as a landmark creation of its time, we had to set aside all our certainties. The case has been fully redesigned. Made from polished, satin-finish gold, the base supports the sapphire crystal dome, allowing the magic to be admired from the side as well as from above. There’s movement everywhere you look: the two spaceships themselves, plus the two flying tourbillon cages, whose satellites rotate on their own axis once a minute” explains Jean-Marie Schaller.
The mechanism devised by Jean-Marie Schaller is entirely original. Initially deemed impossible, its development required more than three years of research. The movement comprises two oscillators, each equipped with a differential mechanism to provide greater precision. Even the winding and time-setting mechanisms stand apart from other timepieces: a function selector integrated in the caseback toggles between the two.
Each timepiece is truly unique, thanks to the meteorite fragment placed beneath the centre of the hands on the watch. One is from the Moon, another from Mars, or another legendary meteorite of the owner's choice.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
THEE Design Group
Modern Elegant House & CO.