Luxury watchmakers Louis Moinet have unveiled a stunning new timepiece to mark the 225th anniversary of Australia Day. An annual celebration held on January 26th, Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of colonizing British ships at Sydney Cove in 1788. In celebration, Louis Moinet have unveiled the Geograph: Australian Edition, a new timepiece which pays tribute to icons of Australia: Captain James Cook, the Southern Cross and the colours of the national flag. An ultra-limited edition, only 30 pieces of this model will be produced.
The 45.50mm-diameter stainless steel case houses a red, white and blue dial, as well as a rhodium-plated star-shaped small seconds hand, represent the Australian flag. Finally, the six stars engraved on the case-back represent the flag’s Southern Cross constellation. Engravings of a map and a sailing ship on the lower part of the case-back pay tribute to nautical explorer Captain James Cook, the first European to chart the eastern coastline of Australia.
A two-pusher (which are of ‘Champagne cork’ design with an atlas engraving) automatic chronograph, this timepiece boasts a second time zone chapter ring with day (silver) and night (red) indicators. The hours and minutes are indicated by central Gouttes de Rosée hands, while the second time zone is indicated by serpentine hand. There is also a date window at the 9 o’clock.
Inside, a 25-jewel Louis Moinet design rotor and Glucydur balance work at 28,800 vph, giving this timepiece a 48 hour power reserve. A hand-sewn blue Louisiana alligator leather strap finishes the look.