The UAE created history when it launched the Hope Probe last July by being the first country from the Arab world to undertake an interplanetary mission. The historic probe entered the red planet's orbit in February this year and will circle it for at least one Martian year (687 days). To celebrate this extraordinary mission, Ateliers Louis Moinet has released a unique timepiece that contains an authentic meteorite fragment from the Moon and genuine Martian meteorite dust.
Dubbed Hope Probe Tourbillon, the timepiece gets a blue dial with a satellite tourbillon, featuring the map of the Northern hemisphere constellations crafted using a special miniature painting with mother-of-pearl technique. The green tourbillon carriage, measuring 13.59 mm in diameter, is balanced by a miniature Mars planet rotating around it and encrusted with genuine Mars meteorite dust.
A hand-painted depiction of the Hope Probe appears on the black aventurine front plate, inlaid with a genuine lunar meteorite fragment. The black rear plate features a hand-painted UAE astronaut.
“The UAE mission, dubbed the Hope probe, entered Mars' orbit following a journey of more than 300 million miles offering an unprecedented and unique instrumental synergy, by exploring Mars' different atmospheric layers, revealing new and global perspective of its atmospheric behavior and connections," said Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO and Creative Director of Les Ateliers Louis Moinet. "The UAE and the world rejoiced with pride and this unique timepiece is our way to honor the Mars mission - a remarkable feat of human ingenuity utilizing science and technology,” he added.
The firm’s mechanical timepieces are produced as one-of-a-kind models or limited editions only and comprise two categories: “Cosmic Art” and “Mechanical Wonders and use rare components such as extraterrestrial particles or prehistorical materials.
The Hope Probe Tourbillon is priced at Dh924,000.