Due to its stout measurement, the Tambour case profile has usually been a hotbed for Louis Vuitton’s experiments with problems. There’s the well-known Spin Time system that Michel Navas, the legendary watchmaker behind the design, says was initially developed with out exterior enter, but it surely was solely after he and his watchmaking associate Enrico Barbasini had completed the development of the primary prototype that they collectively realized it might be the proper match for Louis Vuitton’s signature case form.
“The [Spin Time] motion is sort of thick; it is a three-dimensional building, with the wheels and the cubes,” Navas advised me after I spoke with him earlier this 12 months. “The prototype simply went with the Tambour form. That is why we contacted Louis Vuitton to recommend it on the time. And so they cherished it.”