The Russian Eagle has landed in haute horlogerie
Louis Moinet unveils a new tourbillon timepiece, further proof of the brand’s commitment to fine arts, world culture and haute horlogerie techniques: the Russian Eagle Limited Edition.
Four symbols, one timepiece. Enthroned on the pillars that represent the essence of the brand, Ateliers Louis Moinet is proud to announce the Russian Eagle, a new timepiece embodying uniqueness, art & design, creative horology – and exclusivity.
The Russian Eagle is an undertaking that reflects the brand’s commitment to cultural and artistic projects. After a new series unveiled in BaselWorld, the Mecanograph City, Ateliers Louis Moinet has again ventured down the road of Fine Crafts and engraving, hand in hand with haute horlogerie.
The piece joins the extended collection of Louis Moinet tourbillons. It features a hand-engraved Russian Eagle, the coat of arms of the Russian Federation. This derives from the earlier coat of arms of the Russian Empire – abolished with the Russian Revolution in 1917 and restored in 1993.
The current coat of arms is directly derived from its mediaeval original, while the double-headed eagle has Byzantine and even earlier antecedents, dating back long before the emergence of any Russian state. The sceptre and golden ball in its claws represent the power of the Tsar and the Russian Orthodox Church. In the centre, the eagle holds a small shield of St. George, the patron saint of Slavic peoples.
“Creating our Russian Eagle timepiece has been both an honour and a challenge”, says Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and Creative Director of Les Ateliers Louis Moinet. “It’s been a very demanding piece to give birth to. The eagle on its own requires no fewer than fifty hours of hand-engraving. We’ve placed and sized the bird so that it remains the artistic heart of the watch; meanwhile, the tourbillon at six o’clock offers its own distinctive insight into haute horlogerie, ensuring the piece maintains perfect precision.”
The Russian Eagle embraces all the Ateliers Louis Moinet codes and the brand’s distinctive identity: Côtes du Jura guilloché dial, “Gouttes de Rosée” dew-drop hands, a patented 50-part case (47 mm) and of course the limited-edition engraving. A transparent caseback reveals the caliber, made in the pure tradition first instigated by Louis Moinet more than two centuries ago: polished parts, blued screws, and a decorated winding rotor.
The Russian Eagle was unveiled for the first time at the JCK exhibition earlier this month, and is now available in a series of 28 pieces – in white gold.