Jules Verne Instrument
One is an horological legend, the other is the father of science fiction. Both are pioneering icons of the 19th century. But what would have happened had the worlds of master watchmaker Louis Moinet and author Jules Verne come together? The Jules Verne Instrument collection by Louis Moinet is the answer to that enigma.
Jules Verne Instrument III is an original and decidedly technological chronograph inspired by Captain Nemo, the protagonist of Verne’s 1869 novel 20,000 leagues under the sea in which Nemo chooses voluntary exile from human society to sail the oceans aboard his Nautilus submarine.
Louis Moinet has created Jules Verne Instrument III especially for the Captain, a high-precision instrument and loyal companion to accompany him alongside his various locomotive devices in his confrontations with worlds known and unknown.
With a central 60-second counter and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, the chronograph is operated by a subaquatic-looking monopusher at 2 o’clock, and features an astonishing function indicator – start, stop, or reset – at 5 o’clock, inspired by the famous Chadburn telegraph transmitters on historical ships.
Meanwhile, central hours and minutes are complemented by small seconds at 9 o’clock, with a date window at 7 o’clock.
The dial boasts signature Louis Moinet Côtes du Jura guilloche, with the visibility of the chronograph function indicator and the chronograph counters enhanced by milled appliques and hex screws in addition to blue and white Super-LumiNova coatings.
Jules Verne Instrument III sits on the wrist extremely comfortably thanks to the strong yet light Grade 5 titanium case, the perfect choice for such an aquatically-inspired timepiece.
Turning over Jules Verne Instrument III, the display-back reveals plates and bridges beautifully engraved with a Côtes du Jura motif as well as a distinctive open-worked, ballbearing-mounted rotor.
Brushed and polished titanium case (47 mm in diameter, 17 mm thick), See through sapphire crystal case-back, Polished 18k rose gold and black PVD bezel secured with 6 hex screws
Black Côtes du Jura guilloche dial, Silver-tone luminous hands, Rose gold minute scale ring applied with hex screws, Small seconds sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position, Date window at the 7 o’clock position
Chronograph function features a red sweep second hand and 30 minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, Start-Stop-Reset function controlled by a single push button and indicator displayed at the 5 o’clock position inspired by Chadburn telegraph transmitter
Swiss automatic mechanical movement, Louis Moinet caliber LM30, 28’800 VPH, 4 Hz frequency, 27 jewels, Power reserve of 48 hours, Open-worked rotor mounted on ceramic ball bearings
Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Water resistant to 10 ATM/100 meters/330 feet, Black leather strap, Push button deployment buckle, Fits up to a 9 inch wrist, Limited edition of 365 pieces