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Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue

A journey through time

The Watch Quote™ - February 28th, 2017

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.

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.

A two-material case with a unique silhouette

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“.

The Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue boasts a navy blue alligator strap with a yellow rubber-effect calfskin lining and a platinum ardillon buckle, making this time piece one of a kind for both its aestheticism and its technical prowess.

About the Responsible Jewellery Council

In 2012, Louis Vuitton has obtained RJC certification confirming the everyday application of the moral, social, societal and environmental principles championed by the Responsible Jewellery Council, throughout the lifespan of its watches and jewellery products, from the extraction of the precious stones and metals to their distribution, through their transformation by our craftsmen.

Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue

Technical description

Mouvement :LV 92 Calibre
Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Developed and assembled by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
Central flying tourbillon, V-shaped tourbillon carriage that rotates in one minute
24-hour display with Spin Time function, Minutes with a hand
Diameter:35.2 mm
Thickness :9.8 mm
Power reserve:40-hour
Frequency :28,800 variations per hour
Jewels :40
Case :Satin-finished titanium case with polished bezel, lugs and crown in 950 platinum
Diameter :41 mm
Thickness :12.8 mm
Crystal :Anti-reflection sapphire crystal with a specific shape to integrate the V-shaped tourbillon carriage
Waterproof :30 m
Dial :12 unique cubes with 4 different sides painted by hand using pad printing at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
A.m. and p.m. on two sides
Flags on the other two
Strap :Navy blue alligator with yellow rubber-effect calfskin lining
Buckle :Ardillon in 950 platinum

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