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Louis Vuitton – Rhapsody in blue
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Louis Vuitton – Rhapsody in blue

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
By The HH Journal editors
The HH Journal editors

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An ingenious system of 12 rotating cubes in an iconoclastic time display meets a central flying tourbillon with a V-shaped bridge. The Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue is already turning heads…

The ultimate variation of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking expertise, the Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue takes you on a journey through time. This timepiece features the iconic Escale Spin Time case with its time display made possible by an ingenious system of 12 rotating cubes powered by a movement developed and assembled in-house, and takes it one step further in this noble and contemporary design.

Playing on subtle variations of blue, this new Louis Vuitton creation integrates a flying tourbillon positioned in the centre of the dial that completes its rotation in one minute. In a technical and aesthetic tour de force, the combination of the central flying tourbillon and the Spin Time display mechanism is a first in watchmaking history. With its unique concept and design, the tourbillon carriage appears to literally float over the centre of the watch. A sapphire crystal was specifically designed to highlight this effect while keeping the case relatively thin.

Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue
Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue

A shining example of the House’s watchmaking expertise, this luxury timepiece also features a V-shaped tourbillon carriage. The watchmakers at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton drew inspiration from the House’s archives by emblazoning it with the V signature that Gaston Vuitton invented in 1901 to decorate the famous Steamer Bag.

As each hour passes, one of the twelve blue cubes rotates on its axis as if by magic.The Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue’s dial changes its appearance thanks to 24 square geometric flags, painted by hand using pad printing on each of the 12 cubes. The process of transferring ink from an etched plate using a silicone rubber stamp is extremely complex to produce on such small surfaces and is carried out by hand, one colour at a time, to ensure precise marking. The central flying tourbillon floats majestically over the dial, adding an element of mystery to this exceptional watch’s unique design.

Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue
Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue

Like a miniature travel trunk holding a mechanical treasure inside, the Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue’s case captures the iconic design of the corners of Louis Vuitton trunks and transforms them into lugs, giving it elegant protection against the ravages of time.

At 41 mm in diameter and 12.8 mm thick, the Escale Spin Time’s case is made of satin-finished titanium with a bezel, lugs and crown in 950 platinum. Its delicate platinum bezel frames the dial beautifully, giving the hour display, the ballet of rotating cubes and the tourbillon optimal visibility. The sapphire back reveals an aluminium disc paired with an oscillating weight that turns with precision around a large, boldly outlined “LV“.

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