Louis Moinet crowned holder of ‘first chronograph’ by Guinness World Records


Watch manufacturer Louis Moinet has become the official holder of the title of “First Chronograph”, awarded by the Guinness World Records organisation.

The award brings further recognition and an official stamp to the claim of the first chronograph being invented by Louis Moinet in 1816.

Louis Moinet’s award came as part of a detailed six-month investigation conducted by the organisation, calling for the provision of technical diagrams, historical proof, the written testimony of a large number of independent experts, and a whole host of photos and video material.


Extensive discussions were required in order to confirm the authenticity of all the information submitted by ateliers Louis Moinet, both to attest to the firm’s eligibility to claim the title, and to grant exclusive rights to its use.

Jean-Marie Schaller, CEO of the brand, commented on the award: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this new honour in a very special year, in which we’re celebrating the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph.

“The title that’s now been awarded by the Guinness World Records organisation takes things to the next level. It opens up the way for greater public awareness of our firm, offering worldwide recognition that crosses borders and extends well beyond the world of fine watch connoisseurs.”

The ateliers has just celebrated the bicentenary of the invention of the chronograph at Neuchâtel Observatory.

Three strictly limited editions of the Memoris have been created. The first was unveiled in Geneva in January; the second, at Baselworld; the third, Memoris Red Eclipse, was unveiled at Neuchâtel Observatory and is currently shortlisted for the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.

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