Jules Verne Instrument III is an original and decidedly technological chronograph inspired by Captain Nemo, the protagonist of Verne’s 1869 novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea in which Nemo chooses voluntary exile from human society to sail the oceans aboard his Nautilus submarine.
Louis Moinet has created Jules Verne Instrument III especially for the Captain, a high-precision instrument and loyal companion to accompany him alongside his various locomotive devices in his many confrontations with worlds known and unknown.
With a central 60-second counter and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, the chronograph is operated by a subaquatic-looking monopusher at 2 o’clock, and features an astonishing function indicator – start, stop, or reset – at 5 o’clock, inspired by the famous Chadburn telegraph transmitters on historical ships.
Meanwhile, central hours and minutes are complemented by small seconds at 9 o’clock, with a date window at 7 o’clock.
The dial boasts signature Louis Moinet Côtes du Jura guilloche, with the visibility of the chronograph function indicator and the chronograph counters enhanced by milled appliques and hex screws in addition to blue and white Super-LumiNova coatings.
Jules Verne Instrument III sits on the wrist extremely comfortably thanks to the strong yet light Grade 5 titanium case; the blackened lower bezel contrasts neatly with the upper bezel in 18k rose gold, while a supple natural rubber strap is the perfect choice for such an aquatically-inspired timepiece.
Turning over Jules Verne Instrument III, the display-back reveals plates and bridges beautifully engraved with a Côtes du Jura motif as well as a distinctive open-worked, ballbearing-mounted rotor.