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October 31, 2013

Mecanograph Wins at 2013 International Chronometry Competition

By Chris Boyle

Louis Moinet MecanographLouis Moinet’s Mecanograph design has claimed third place in the classic watch category of the 2013 International Chronometry Competition.

This result bears testimony to Louis Moinet’s success in creating ultra-precise, superlative timepieces capable of resisting a battery of tests without compromise.

The competition is organised every two years by the International Chronometry Competition Association under the supervision of the Musée d’Horlogerie in Le Locle and in partnership with the Swiss Chronometer Control Office (COSC), the Besançon Observatory (France) and the Haute École Arc engineering college in Le Locle (Switzerland).

The classic category featured 18 watches with a non-tourbillon escapement.

Over four months, Mecanograph demonstrated superb reliability and time-keeping performance for three 15 day periods of rigorous timing tests, between which the watches were subjected to magnetic fields, wide temperature variations and repeated shocks.

Of all the 25 participants in both the classic and tourbillon categories, Louis Moinet was the only independent brand to gain a top three placing. What is more, the Mecanograph timepiece submitted to the International Chronometry Competition was a standard production piece.

Mecanograph reflects the synergy between an exclusive Louis Moinet chronometer-certified movement and the brand’s incomparable aesthetics.

Conceived by Louis Moinet and produced by Concepto to Louis Moinet’s specifications, Mecanograph’s remarkable Calibre LM31 can be appreciated both dial side and through the display back, making this timepiece as spectacularly eye-catching as it is technically innovative.

The display back offers a fresh perspective on the wonderful movement. The bridges, anthracite-treated and enhanced with 26 jewels and blued steel screws, are adorned with Louis Moinet’s signature Côtes du Jura motif, as is the bi-directional winding rotor mounted on a high-tech ceramic ball bearing.

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