A high-flying timepiece expresses the flair of Louis Vuitton to create exceptional watches that remain true to its founding principles of style, travel and craftsmanship.
Louis Vuitton’s association with travel trunks and luxury goods has been steadily expanded to include high watchmaking since the maison acquired and established its watchmaking division – the rather grandly titled La Fabrique du Temps – in 2012. Previously to that, it had launched its first watch, the Tambour, in 2002, but it was upon relaunching the movement specialist house under its own name that its watchmaking savoir faire really took off, establishing its watchmaking credibility, In that spirit, its newest timepiece, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Mystérieuse Flying Tourbillon, further cements the ability of Louis Vuitton to contribute to the landscape of exceptional watchmaking, while remaining steadfast to its DNA as the leader in the ‘art of travel’.
Following its previous grand complications such as the Poinçon de Genève-awarded Skeleton Tourbillon and award-winning Spin Time, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Mystérieuse Flying Tourbillon builds on the capacity of Louis Vuitton to produce stunning in-house movements that beautifully express the DNA of the brand. The co-axial double barrel is concealed beneath a monogram flower at 12 o’ clock, lending this mechanical marvel a particularly playful, feminine personality that is underscored by seriously technical credentials.
The entire movement appears to be suspended in mid-air along a vertical line inside the concave platinum case.
The ‘mystérieuse’ refers to the 19th-century tradition of making watches with a unique optical illusion, namely the clever illusion of making elements of the movement appear to float, thanks to the clever use of transparent discs (then crystal, today sapphire).
The apparent absence of a connection between the winding crown and the double barrel gives the observer a curious sensation: how is the movement wound? The secret (warning: spoiler ahead!) lies in the fact that the transparent discs move – powered by a hidden mechanism concealed in the frame of the watch. What makes this watch so compelling is that it’s not just the hands that appear to ‘float’ in the centre, but its flying tourbillon, too. Its carriage completes a rotation in 60 seconds, adding to the stunning visual impression – an ethereal dance of mysterious movement. In a neat final touch, the back of the tourbillon carriage can be personalised with the customer’s initials.
Movement: LV110 calibre mechanical movement with manual winding developed at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. Case: 45mm platinum, water resistant to 50 metres; skeleton dial with line of wheels. Strap: Black alligator with platinum ardillon buckle.