Entirely developed and assembled by the Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, this automatic flying tourbillon is suspended in its mirror-polished V-shaped carriage, an historical motif designed in 1901 by Gaston Vuitton for his famous steamer bag. Tradition thus meets contemporary creations, and the various skills cultivated by the world’s largest luxury house share their expertise within the watchmaking micro-universe. The same goes for the offcentered pink gold micro-rotor and the bridges visible through the sapphire caseback, featuring finishes inspired by the striped canvas motif created by Louis Vuitton to adorn trunks in 1872. Surrounding the dial crafted by Léman Cadran (the Louis Vuitton dial-making workshop), its inner bezel ring composed of 60 pink gold beads enhances the overall equilibrium of the amphitheater-style design. The simple yet powerful personality of this timepiece is also based on the refined elegance of its pink gold bracelet with satin-brushed and polished finishes. The contrast between pink gold of the bezel and the ceramised aluminum of the case (a material stemming from the world of Formula 1 and aerospace) confers added aesthetic value that admirably sets off the carriage performing one rotation per minute.
The first Tambour eVolution Tourbillon Volant watches will reach Louis Vuitton boutiques in the fall of 2014, starting with the one in Geneva of which the complete renovation will coincide with this launch as well as with the brand’s 160th anniversary celebrations. In parallel, Louis Vuitton is presenting around 15 new references this year, including a brand-new ladies’ collection named Emprise.