Introducing The Louis Vuitton Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève
Louis Vuitton’s Tambour watch case, whose name signifies “drum” in French, has been around since 2002, and throughout the most recent 18 years, the company has continuously made it a vehicle for various complications, up to and including brief repeater (the Tambour Minute Repeater was initially dispatched at Baselworld in 2011, and a then-three-years of age HODINKEE was there ). In 2011, Louis Vuitton likewise declared that it had procured Geneva-based complications expert La Fabrique du Temps, which was founded in 2007 by Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini. These two men of honor had recently worked at Gérald Genta and had been fellow benefactors of the now-defunct BNB Concept. They are known for, in addition to other things, having been the constructors for a tourbillon development for Laurent Ferrier, just as his miniature rotor caliber.
In ensuing years, Louis Vuitton kept on joining mechanical complications (counting its unique Spin-Time complication, which was introduced a year ago in a “secret” rendition, in which the development appears to coast suspended inside the case). This year, the atelier has introduced another watch for Louis Vuitton: the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève.
The Tambour instance of the watch is 46mm breadth at the base and slants internal to 42mm width at the bezel; thickness is 12.75mm. The development of the case is fairly complex – the outside is a restrictive carbon-fiber composite called CarboStratum (nothing says cutting edge materials science like camel covers) which starts as 100 sheets of carbon fiber, which are then warmed and compressed in a shape to frame arbitrarily layered layers of material. Processing the case to shape uncovers the subsequent examples, which have the shining appearance of shot silk, or the examples framed by blending two immiscible liquids like oil and water. This external cover is then positioned over a titanium internal case, and the entire thing is done off with sandblasted titanium carries. The Tambour case, in this example, likewise increments in size at the even pivot and decreases at the vertical, giving it a fairly oblate profile.
The watch is likewise being made in a high adornments variant, where white gold subs for titanium for the hauls and the crown. There are a sum of 354 jewels tipping the scales at an aggregate of 4.22 carats. The utilization of round brilliants on the Louis Vuitton logo makes it an amazingly prominent piece of the general design (altogether by goal, I’m sure).
The fuse of visual depiction components into the bridgework of watch developments has become an entire kind unto itself in modern top of the line watchmaking; the absolute most popular models include Cartier, with so much looks as the Santos Noctambule , and Chanel, which has rather inconspicuously joined components of the Chanel logo into watches like Caliber 3. The development in the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon is the type LV 108/9 (the 109 is the precious stone set adaptation) made at La Fabrique du Temps, which has spans treated with NAC (nano-nebulous carbon); the renowned Louis Vuitton monogram is both a realistic component and a primary piece of the design. Since La Fabrique du Temps is situated in Geneva, the type can convey the Geneva Seal, which likewise has necessities for style and for specific components of the development too. That part of the way represents some beautiful conventional watchmaking in this somewhat innovative development, including the Geneva-style kidney-molded stud for the equilibrium spring.
The Louis Vuitton monogram was one of the main modern logos, having first been utilized by the company in 1896 as a method of guaranteeing that real Louis Vuitton baggage could be effectively recognized from those looking to emulate the company’s designs. (The principal modern conceptual logo, from what I’ve perused, was the Bass Ale red triangle logo, which had been presented two decades prior, in 1876). The logo, or monogram, is by and large combined at Louis Vuitton with Japanese-style blossoms and quatrefoils, the utilization of which outgrew the late-Victorian interest in Japanese mon, or kamon, which are dynamic or semi-theoretical images used to identify highborn families.
Obviously, these are watches intended for wealthy Louis Vuitton superfans – I battle to envision myself having the option to pull off both of these, in spite of the fact that I wouldn’t see any problems at all being allowed to attempt it, particularly with the jewel set model. In for a dime, in for a dollar. The non-jewel set model incorporates the LV monogram somewhat better, however in the event that you need to yell your energy for Louis Vuitton from the roofs, rolls and brilliants are the best approach. In the event that you are so disposed, you can even discover a touch of scholarly interest in the precious stone set model; the jewels and the case are both made of carbon, and they show together exactly how much a little contrast in science can have a major effect in appearance – and appeal.
The Louis Vuitton Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève: case, titanium and CarboStratum composite, or white gold and Carbostratum, the last set with 4.22 carats of precious stones; measurements, 46mm at the base and 42mm at the bezel x 12.75mm; water obstruction, 30 meters; domed twofold AR-covered sapphire gem. Development, LV 108/9 type, developed and amassed at La Fabrique du Temps Geneva; dark NAC treated plates and extensions; cal. LV 109 with rhodium-plated, precious stone set “LV” monogram; skeletonized flying tourbillon with Louis Vuitton quatrefoil-molded carriage; recurrence 21,600 vph, running in 17 gems with 80-hour power hold. Without jewels, $258,000; with precious stones, $322,000. Accessible at this point. Discover more about watchmaking at Louis Vuitton at LouisVuitton.com.