A couple of years back, Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet introduced a timepiece named ‘Jurassic Tourbillon’ that featured fragments of authentic fossilized dinosaur bones on its dial. The luxury brand is known for using unusual, yet exceptionally rare things to create extraordinary dials. Louis Moinet was the first to include fragments of lunar meteorites and other rocks from the far-flung corners of the universe. For 2015, the company has introduced a new timepiece named the ‘Jurassic Watch’, which is based on the company’s Mecanograph, winner of an International Chronometry Competition prize for outstanding precision.
The Louis Moinet Jurassic Watch features 150 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur bone from the Jurassic era as a dial material. The dinosaur bone is from the family of large herbivores, which also includes the Diplodocus. It was discovered in North America and has been authenticated by renowned geologist Dr Andreas Stucki in association with the Aathal Dinosaur Museum in Switzerland. Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Louis Moinet, said: “This type of masterpiece is highly charged with emotion. For one thing, together with our craftsman Mr Daniel Haas, we’re working on an extremely rare material – fossilized dinosaur. In addition, just like the meteorites we already work with, this legacy from millions of years ago has come down to us today in excellent condition. Even though it’s 150 million years old, this fossilized dinosaur looks quite contemporary. Its texture recalls that of an abstract canvas; it’s a real honour to be able to work with a material like this.” The Jurassic watch is limited to 12 examples but there is no word on the price.
[Available at – Louis Moinet]