The award won on the 8th July 2014 was the Merit for Development in Watchmaking Art and Technology. A prize worthy of its lengthy name. The highly sought-after trophy is awarded to companies responsible for extraordinary achievements but this is the first ever Merit for Development of Watchmaking Arts and Technologies.
'This distinction confirms the legitimacy of our mission, achieving due recognition for the merit of a visionary genius who successfully encapsulated the art of watchmaking and nurtured it towards unprecedented new developments. In the early 2000s, the name of Louis Moinet was all but forgotten; now, he has found his rightful place as one of the greatest watchmakers of all time' says Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and founder of "Les Ateliers Louis Moinet." His Traité d'Horlogerie encyclopaedia of 1848 is nothing less than a philosopher's stone for contemporary watchmaking and is probably only the tip of the iceberg as far as his work is concerned, with much more yet to be discovered.
For those who aren't very familiar with the timepieces of "Les Ateliers Louis Moinet" will be surprised and thrilled to see what kind of materials are used for the dials. Take for example the "Jurassic Tourbillon" Its dial features an authentic fossilised dinosaur bone believed to be 150 million years old. Or the Geograph rainforest timepiece that features genuine fossilised palm wood.
The distinction was presented at a ceremony held on July 8, 2014 at the UNESCO Palace, Paris. This was followed by a ceremony held on July 10th, 2014 at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva with the presence of Mr. Samuel Schmid, "Former President of the Swiss Confederation" and Mr. Robert Blum, "Founder and President of the Geneva Diplomatic Circle".