Best of the Best 2016: Style | Men’s Watches: Louis Moinet Memoris

Design: Louis Moinet Memoris

Contemporary collectors are enamored of openwork watches and traditional lateral-clutch chronographs, and the boutique firm Louis Moinet has had the good sense to include both in the timepieces that make up its Memoris collection. The well-finished column wheel, clutch, and reset levers are visible on these watches’ dial sides, above their skeletonized subdials. Such features as oversize single pushers and technically intriguing cases make these models irresistible to those among us who are mechanically obsessed. 

  • Atypically, the chronograph mechanism is placed on the dial side.

  • Hands, numerals, and a small dial are inspired by the early-19th-century work of the brand’s namesake, who was one of the earliest watchmakers to attempt a modern chronograph.

  • Editions in rose or white gold with different dial colorations are limited to 60 watches each.

Louis Moinet, louismoinet.com ($55,000–$69,900)

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