It’s a great, big world out there, but Louis Vuitton evidently has no difficulty putting its contours within our grasp. The Escale Time Zone Blue is the globetrotter’s watch par excellence from a company which, need we remind you, prior to stamping its initials on handbags, ready-to-wear and watches, had built its reputation on the art of creating trunks fit to travel the world. An all-blue version of the 2015 model, it shows the time in 24 time zones in an original and equally intuitive way. An expression of watchmaking with a highly contemporary feel, it smacks of adventure and faraway lands.
Every Louis Vuitton watch is a journey into elegance, and the Escale Time Zone Blue is no exception to this aesthetic rule. Nestled inside a 41mm steel case whose lugs imitate the corners on a Louis Vuitton trunk, the dial plays around with the geometric shapes and colours which the brand’s customers used to – and still can – use to personalise their luggage. Letters and insignia are pad-printed by hand while the initials of twenty-four world cities circle two outer discs.
The originality of the design by no means overshadows function or practicality. In the blink of an eye, the Escale Time Zone Blue gives the time in every one of Sandford Fleming’s 24 time zones. How? Simply by using the crown to position the city you are in at the top of the dial for local time, shown conventionally by stylised hour and minute hands in the centre, and reading off time in the other zones from the 24-hour ring. It’s a highly intuitive system for a stylish travel watch that transports us, in mind if not in body, to the four corners of the globe.
Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone Blue 41
Movement: mechanical automatic, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
Power reserve: 42 hours
Functions: hours, minutes, multiple time zones
Dial: discs, pad-printed by hand at Manufacture La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, central disc in circular satin-brushed anodised aluminium
Strap: navy blue alligator with yellow rubber-effect calfskin lining
Water-resistance: 50 metres