Louis Moinet in the Guinness World Records 2018 !

The first chronograph was made in 1816 by Louis Moinet. The chronograph is now owned by Ateliers Louis Moinet (Switzerland), of Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, as verified on 1 June 2016.

For almost two centuries Louis Moinet’s chronograph had lain forgotten in the private collection of a European prince. Eventually the chronograph was rediscovered and in 2012 it was sold to Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of Ateliers Louis Moinet, at a Christie’s auction in Geneva, Switzerland.

Memoris Red Eclipse

At the same time, we are celebrating the invention of the first chronograph with Memoris Red Eclipse, the first chronograph-watch in history!

“Memoris Red Eclipse” has become Louis Moinet’s anthology timepiece, celebrating the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph – a very limited edition of twelve fully hand-engraved watches.


This top prestige version features a bespoke case, fully hand-engraved and depicting the theme of the lunar eclipse. All the movement’s finishes are also hand-crafted using authentic, traditional Fine Watchmaking processes.

The bevelling brings the mechanism to life, on a mysterious starry background. This is crafted using a traditional rose engine – a tool which, despite being all of two hundred years old, has just found a new application, thanks to Memoris. The unique process creates a spectacular effect that makes the stars twinkle in myriad ways, depending on the angle at which they are viewed.