STELLAR SURPRISE

STELLAR SURPRISE

Uber luxury Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet presents a stellar surprise that’s literally out of this world, with their Stardance moonphase watch. This shining example of Louis Moinet’s creativity, boasts of a moon that is made of a piece of a meteorite that originated from the orbit of Mercury making it a truly unique gift for Valentine’s Day.

STELLAR SURPRISEThe Stardance is unique through and through, with a Moon made from an authentic fragment of the Enstatite EH3 meteorite. Its brilliance is anything but incidental: it comes from Nano diamonds, formed by stellar collisions that most probably took place before our solar system was formed. The Stardance dates – literally – from the dawn of time.

When Louis Moinet designed the Stardance, the goal was to produce something beautiful, genuine and authentic – as well as unique and lyrical. These lofty aspirations had to be confined within a diameter of just 36 mm.

The lunar disc is housed behind an aventurine window, delicately etched out in the form of a cloud. Opposite this opening at 12 o’clock is a second’s disc at 6 o’clock in the form of a sun, lighting up a dial featuring the Cotes du Jura pattern, also unique to Louis Moinet. This dazzling pattern nestles beneath a diamond-studded bezel, to which a jewelled case adds the finishing touch.

The Enstatite EH3 meteorite has its origins in the orbit around Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system. Estimated to have formed 4.5 billion years ago as a result of cosmic collisions pre-dating the formation of the current solar system, the meteorite reached earth after travelling millions of kilometers.

The watch features a mother-of-pearl dial and presents the twin universes of day (sun) and night (moon). Night is evoked by the dazzling moon phase indicator at 12 o’clock, created from a finely-crafted fragment of the rare Enstatite EH3 meteorite containing interstellar diamonds. Daytime is represented by the silvered sun-shaped small seconds at 6 o’clock.

It is not only the nano-diamonds of the meteorite moon phase that dazzle – the white ceramic bezel is distinguished by an inner ring of 54 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds interspersed with 6 cabochon-cut sapphires.  The watch case is made of high-tech, grade five polished titanium, the lightness of which makes for a timepiece that is extremely comfortable to wear. Turning over the Stardance, the beautifully finished automatic movement is revealed through the display case back.

The design of the automatic winding rotor provides a stylish continuation of the day-night theme: The central disc is decorated with a new moon surrounded by the golden rays of the sun adorning the rotor. The watch is fitted with a white alligator leather strap with a distinctive glazed finish thanks to a special white/metal pigment treatment.