We covered the first generation 20-Second Tempograph in a detailed hands on review in 2016 here. Louis Moinet now updates the success of that watch with a second generation which they call the Tempograph Chrome. Available in 18k rose gold and a black dial surround or stainless steel in a stunning blue dial surround, the new watches are limited to 60 pieces in each metal.
Louis Moinet Tempograph Chrome
The new-generation 20-Second Tempograph, Tempograph Chrome, includes two major firsts. It features a completely black or blue surround. This extends from the bridges that structure the movement to the flange, itself engraved with a concentric Clou de Paris pattern. The time dial is located at 4 o’clock; it too is decorated with the concentric Clou de Paris pattern, a Louis Moinet hallmark. Fully lacquered in black or blue, it sets off the Louis Moinet’s signature “Dewdrop” hands.
The timepiece also features a new case, borrowed from Louis Moinet’s Memoris collection, the first chronograph watch in history. Packed with 52 components, the case has been decreased in size from 46 to 44 millimetres, and then fully reworked to accommodate the 20-Seconds’ Tempograph retrograde movement. This is also the first time this case is made in steel for the blue version.
These two changes mark a turning-point in the Tempograph saga, so much so that Louis Moinet sees this as constituting the second generation of the timepiece, Tempograph Chrome. More modern, more powerful, and even more characterful, the piece is now entering a new, more contemporary era.
Louis Moinet Tempograph Chrome Technical Specifications
Case: Original Louis Moinet®, composed of 59 pieces, design with two-part bezel and 6 screws
Material: 316L Stainless Steel or 18K gold
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 14.75 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Lugs: Screwed settings (1 black zircon jewel and 3 screws per lug)
Crystals: Two sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Distance between lugs: 24 mm
Strap: Hand-sewn Louisiana alligator leather with alligator lining
Buckle: Folding clasp with “Fleur-de-lys” motif
Hour & Minute “Goutte de Rosée”® dew-drop hands
Domed lacquered dial, diamond-polished decorative filet
Inner bezel ring adorned with guilloché “Clou de Paris” hobnail motif
LM50 caliber, designed and manufactured by Louis Moinet
Oscillations: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Lines: 14 ½
Power reserve: 48 hours
Diameter: 30.40 mm
Height: 8,29 mm
Decoration: Circular Côtes de Genève pattern, jewels with diamond- cut chamfers and circular satin-finish gears with a 5N gold-toned finish