Louis Moinet

French watchmaker Louis Moinet (1768 - 1853) has developed the first chronograph after studying watch making and refining his watch knowledge over many years. At a young age Louis Moinet became interested in watches and often worked with professional watchmakers to learn more about horology. While being a professor in Paris Louis Moinet connected with his a master watchmaker he knew from many years ago. Moinet soon focused entirely on watch making and traveled to Switzerland extensively. He became President of the Chronometry Society of Paris, and a member of other such associations. When Moinet met Abraham-Louis Breguet, the two collaborated immediately. The first ever chronograph followed thereafter, called “compteur de tierces' by Moinet. Wikipedia cites that 'according to hallmarks on the dust cover, the chronograph was started in 1815 and completed the following year'. Louis Moinet optimized watch making techniques and invented many new workflows and tools. Almost by accident, based on his private interest in astronomy, he invented a counter in the shape of a watch displaying 60ths of a second. Notable customers of Louis Moinet were Napoleon Bonapartes, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

The Baselworld Watch Fair: 10 Things to Know

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Over the next few weeks you’ll be reading quite a bit about Baselworld. What is Baselworld exactly? Why is it so important? What happens there? Can I go? For the answers to these and more questions, read on. We’ve put together a list of 10 watch-centric FAQs, complete with images taken inside and outside the main hall, so you'll have all the basic facts about the huge show that gets under way this week.    … [Read more...]


Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

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Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important milestones in the history of the Cartier watch. Learn the stories behind the Cartier Santos, the Cartier … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

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In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]


Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

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In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture Cartier. … [Read more...]


Vintage Style: Watch Insider’s Top 10 Modern Re-Edition Watches

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The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for 10 of the best of these re-editions that have debuted within the past few years. Many will have you asking yourself if they are old or new. … [Read more...]


Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents

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As Presidents' Day approaches here in the United States, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see the list we've compiled of notable wristwatches and pocketwatches belonging to past (and current) commanders-in-chief. … [Read more...]


Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

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Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature from our August 2012 issue, which features original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test. … [Read more...]


7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

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Recently, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 21 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

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Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Louis Moinet Nelson Piquet Chronograph

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Angus Davies reviews the Louis Moinet Nelson Piquet Chronograph, a watch incorporating a plethora of interesting elements and delivering sublime eye-appeal, in this article from his online magazine, Escapement.  … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Top 5 Rectangular Watches I Might Wear

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In my modest collection of watches, there is not a single one with a rectangular case; the only non-round one is the octagonal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Nevertheless, since rectangular-case watches do have their fans, this week's Fratello Friday focuses on the top five I would wear... if I did indeed wear them. … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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As the U.S. enters a new year with a new divided government, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [Read more...]


Breguet Classique Chronométrie Ref. 7727

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Last year, the Breguet Classique Chronométrie, a watch that came to market more than a year after its unveiling, picked up the Aiguille d'Or grand prize in this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (for a complete list of this year's winners, click here). Scroll down to read our report on the watch from when we first saw it in 2012. Improving mechanical-timekeeping precision is one of Breguet’s chief objectives, says brand CEO Marc Hayek. The Classique Chronométrie Reference 7727 … [Read more...]


Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse

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Previews of new watches making their debut at Baselworld 2014 continue to flood our in-boxes here at WatchTime. One that caught our eye is for Glashütte Original's new PanoMaticInverse, which repositions movement components to make visually interesting elements, such as the Saxon brand's hallmark swan's neck fine adjustment, visible on the dial side of the watch. … [Read more...]


Chopard L.U.C. 1963

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Every year seems to bring with it a fresh slew of anniversaries in the watch world, and 2014 is no exception. The new Chopard L.U.C. 1963, premiering at Baselworld, commemorates the 50th year of Chopard's ownership by the Scheufele family with a wristwatch inspired by the golden age of chronometer pocketwatches. … [Read more...]


Facetime February 8

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Welcome to another installment of Facetime! … [Read more...]


Around the Web: History’s 9 Most Important Watches, Smartwatches at CES, and More

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Welcome to this week's installment of “Around the Web”.  As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our eye on the web this week. … [Read more...]


Breguet Tourbillon Exhibition Comes to New York

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Breguet brought its traveling exhibition, “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” to New York City, for the last stop on a U.S. tour at the Breguet Boutique Fifth Avenue. Featuring a retrospective of the tourbillon mechanism throughout watchmaking history, the showcase has traveled across Asia and Europe since its unveiling in Geneva at the start of 2013. … [Read more...]


5 Questions for Max Büsser on the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 (Video)

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Max Büsser, founder and owner of the MB&F watch brand, calls his unconventional haute horlogerie timepieces "horological machines," emphasizing artistry over traditional timekeeping. He visited WatchTime to discuss the brand's newest release, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2. Here are his answers to the five questions we posed to him about the watch. … [Read more...]


A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

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The fifth edition of the biennial "Only Watch" auction took place over the weekend at the Hermitage Hotel in Monaco. When the final hammer fell, the auction of unique timepieces had raised 5,066,000 euros for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a Patek Philippe Ref. 5004T fetched the highest price ever paid for a modern wristwatch at auction. … [Read more...]