Sculpted by Daniel Haas, the fragment is visible at the 3 o’clock position suspended above the movement and framed by a red anodized aluminum capsule with a shiny black base.
The fragment lies amid a hand-hammered copper dial finished to mimic the contrasts and patterns of the Martian surface. The dial’s light and dark tones occur from the natural light black patina achieved after the dial is copper-plated.
All this covers about three-quarters of the Mars Mission dial, with the remaining area (between 8 o’clock and 12 o’clock) exposing Louis Moinet’s automatic caliber LM45 and an off-center seconds sub-dial.
In addition to the Mars fragment on the dial here, the three-facet hour markers are also eye-catching components of this multi-level dial.
Artisans at the Swiss watchmaker cut three variously shaped facets that are then combined into each marker. Each flank features a diamond and satin-finished part, which maximizes light reflection across the dial. Each is then filled with white lacquer, placed within a black PVD base, and connected to all the other markers with two bezel rings.
Louis Moinet fits the Mars Mission with a Louisiana alligator leather hand-sewn strap with folding clasp finished in black steel PVD. The clasp is adorned with a curved Fleur de Lys.