Louis Vuitton : Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève”

Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève”  

Case : 950 platinum, polished and satin-brushed finishes, transparent back, water-resistant to 50m Dimensions : 41mm in diameter (43.7 diagonal) Movement : openworked mechanical hand-wound (Caliber LV104, 80h power reserve), 168 components, Poinçon de Genève, V-shaped tourbillon carriage Functions : tourbillon, hours, minutes Dial : at 12 o’clock, metallized smoky sapphire Strap : blue alligator leather, calfskin lining, 18K white gold folding clasp

While the exuberantly multi-colored Escale WorldTime was making media headlines over the past two years, Louis Vuitton was discreetly accompanying the relocation of its Fabrique du Temps into its new Geneva-based Manufacture with a development featuring a blend of understated aesthetics and advanced technical sophistication : its very first flying tourbillon bearing the “Poinçon de Genève”. Proudly engraved on the front at 9 o’clock, this guarantee of the quality of all the (in-house-made) components notably applies to the entirely specular-polished V of the tourbillon carriage, to the bridges that are horizontally satin-brushed and chamfered on both faces, and to the platinum case featuring alternating mirror polishing and circular satin-brushing. The shape of the case, combining a square with a circle, is also unprecedented. The overall sense of purity also emanates from the new openworked movement whose regulating organ appears to be levitating, as well as from the metallized smoky sapphire dial appearing at 12 o’clock.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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