Watchmaker Louis Moinet has introduced a new timepiece that celebrates a groundbreaking historical event that took place in the space and taught a very important lesson of peaceful co-existence to the world. On July 17, 1975, United States and the former USSR came together to launch a joint space flight called the Apollo-Soyuz mission, as a symbol of easing the cold war between the two superpowers. Saturn V took flight from Cape Canaveral marking the end of the Apollo program, while USSR’s Soyuz 19 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan. Both the capsules met in space, docked and in a historic moment cosmonaut Alexey Leonov and Commander Thomas Stafford shared an interstellar handshake.
The new Louis Monet Skylink timepiece commemorates that great event signifying hope and peace. With the US-Russia relations hitting a dangerous low in the recent times, the launch of this timepiece serves as a reminder of peace by literally encapsulating the historic moment in time. The Skylink watch contains not only a fragment of Kapton foil from the Apollo but also fibers from Leonov’s Russian Sokol-K space suit. The case of the watch measures 43.2 mm and is available in white gold rose gold and steel. The white gold and rose gold versions are limited to just 19 pieces (price upon request), while 75 pieces of the steel version will be sold for €13,645 apiece (approx. $16,800). It comes with a dark blue or black leather alligator strap, and the dial of each piece bears a reproduction of Leonov’s signature. It is the second watch by Louis Moinet launched recently that celebrates the achievements on Leonov. The luxury watchmaker introduced a tourbillon named SpaceWalker created as homage to Leonov being the first human to conduct a spacewalk on March 18, 1965.