In terms of Louis Vuitton watches, we are able to clearly see two classes. On one aspect is the so-called core assortment, luxurious watches composed of conventional issues and kinds, resembling the Tambour Avenue Diver. The opposite aspect of the spectrum is a set of high-end watches showcasing spectacular experience, created and manufactured in line with haute horlogerie standars, due to the expertise of the in-house atelier, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. Specialised in animated watches with jacquemarts and conventional issues resembling tourbillons and repeaters, the newest creation to come back out of this Geneva-based manufacture is a pair of colored sapphire openworked tourbillons completed in line with the Geneva seal; the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant in inexperienced and yellow sapphire instances.
The identify Tambour is inevitable on the subject of Louis Vuitton watches. This drum-shaped case, with the 12 letters of the model engraved on the flanks and quick hooked up lugs to respect the cylindrical form has grow to be the signature design of just about the whole assortment. Created in 2002, it has developed over time, giving beginning to new interpretations, resembling Tambour Moon. First launched in 2017, it re-invented the idea by inverting the curves of the case, transferring from convex, domed flanks to concave, recessed sides to offer a refined, extra refined fashion to the watch – a form that evoked that of a crescent moon. Solely out there with the best actions of the model, all of them made by LFT, the Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant has as soon as been the primary sapphire-cased watch to bear Geneva Seal. And now, they arrive crafted from single blocks of artificial sapphire in fluorescent inexperienced or yellow.
Brilliant, translucent and polarizing. But in addition somewhat spectacular when it comes to execution. The brand new yellow and inexperienced LV Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant are counting on the basic form of the gathering, now crafted from a single block of tinted sapphire. Obtained by heating aluminium oxide at temperatures of round 2000° Celsius, artificial sapphire combines the benefits of its transparency with its nice resistance, with a hardness solely surpassed by diamonds. These new editions, with putting colors that seem virtually fluorescent, are comprised of a single cylinder of mass-tinted sapphire so as to get a constant color on all components (case center, caseback and LV bridge), over the whole manufacturing of 20 items per colourway. Every element is reduce from this sapphire crystal bar utilizing diamond instruments, after which polished to disclose its transparency. In whole, a whole case required 420 hours of labor.
These Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant in inexperienced or yellow sapphire are housed in instances measuring 42.5mm in diameter, with an affordable peak of 9.9m. It’s complemented by horns and a crown made from titanium with black sand-blasted PVD remedy. As at all times with the Tambour form, the diameter of the watch isn’t true to the compactness of the case, which wears quick on the wrist. The 12 letters forming the Louis Vuitton brand are engraved on the outer aspect of the concave case center of the Tambour Moon, identical to the 12 hour markers on the interior flange – each lacquered to face out from the sapphire case. Water-resistance is ensured by way of a clear gasket positioned between the case center and the screwed caseback.
The tinted sapphire instances of those new Tambour Moon are an ideal vessel to showcase the openworked, in-house motion inside. Mild and totally opened, this hand-wound motion is produced by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and completed in line with the Geneva seal – a certificates of origin, precision and high quality, making certain that the watch is made and hand-finished within the Canton of Geneva, then examined for resistance and precision. The Calibre LV90 has an 80-hour energy reserve and a flying tourbillon with a finely adorned carriage designed like LV’s Monogram Flower motif. The motion is completed in a contemporary manner, with a collection of matt black circles.
Worn on a black or inexperienced alligator strap, the brand new sapphire Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant watches are every restricted to twenty items. They’re priced at round EUR 400,000 (excl. taxes). For extra particulars, please go to louisvuitton.com.