Louis Vuitton created an astral automaton
From JustLuxe content partner iW Magazine
La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton unveiled the impressive Louis Vuitton Tambor Jacquemart Minute Repeater 200th Anniversary earlier this year, a white gold and titanium-cased minute repeater with an astral-themed dial that Louis Vuitton says is an opening “to the ultimate.” . galaxy.”
Impressive Louis Vuitton Tambour Jacquemart Minute Repeater 200th Anniversary.
In that dial-born galaxy, you’ll find an unusual space capsule automaton mechanism with a cathedral-gong minute repeater.
Within the watch’s 46.8 mm by 15.2 mm titanium case (with white gold lugs and bezel), Louis Vuitton houses nine gold automatons (historically known jacquemartscharacters made to strike gongs on church bells).
When the wearer presses the slide, the rocket moves to reveal diamond ‘passengers’ in its cockpit. At the same time, the planets spin the dial while the Louis Vuitton Monogram flower rotates and two stars shoot across the blue void. Even the case itself is finished with a celestial theme as its design is meant to echo the shape of an astronaut’s helmet.
As this astral show unfolds, a cathedral gong minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter hours and minutes.
La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton spent two years developing this unique piece to pay tribute to Louis Vuitton’s 200th birthday. The watchmaker enlisted the creativity of engraver Dick Steinman and enameller Anita Porchet to decorate the case and create the dial elements.
You may recall that Steinmann and Porchet also collaborated on the Louis Vuitton Tambor Carpe Diem, an earlier automatic unique piece, which won the Audacity Award at the 2021 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
Take a closer look at the dial at 7 o’clock on this new watch and you’ll see Ms. See Porchet’s signature.
On the bezel, the Louis Vuitton signature is emblazoned in blue rubber letters. The pushers, crown and LV initials are set with gradations of tourmaline and sapphire to match the deep blue dial.
From the case back, a sapphire crystal allows a peek at the LV200 caliber, a hand-wound movement with 480 components, some of which are finished in sky blue.
The watch beautifully blends traditional high-end watchmaking and gem-setting techniques with a contemporary, space-themed design. Its unique character shows again how La Fabric du Temps Louis Vuitton has successfully carved its own path among its peers in traditional high-end Swiss watchmaking.
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