Bejewelled Timepiece: Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon

With reference from the original Tambour, the latest diamond-set version of the Tambour Moon Poinçon de Genève timepiece with manual-wind calibre LV 97 movement could sparkle a thousand times over.

Dec 01, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

Issued this year to celebrate the opening of Louis Vuitton Vendôme in October 2017, The House paid tribute to its flagship timepiece with latest Tambour Moon Tourbillon, with exceptional 80-hour power reserve.

Bejewelled Timepiece: Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Tourbillon

With reference from the original Tambour, the newest creation of The Tambour Moon Tourbillon with an in-house manual-wind calibre LV 97 movement set has 106 brilliant-cut diamonds, the crown in rose-cut diamond, totalling up to approximately 7.6 carats.

The case and plate are entirely encrusted with diamonds and each of this watch’s components is entirely decorated by hand for a flawless aesthetic. Over 120 hours of meticulous work are spent on cutting the stones on the timepiece to create a puzzle of 296 diamonds that will eventually present a brilliant sparkle. After which, each timepiece is subject to multiple inspections for overall quality and reliability completed with a seal of excellence.

Displayed within the platinum case of the Tambour Moon, the bezel, flange and horns pavé-set with baguette-cut diamonds are arranged on a vertical line at 12 o’clock. Each of the component’s effect is further accentuated by the skeleton flying tourbillon, which appears to be floating weightlessly along with the delicately chiselled barrel bearing the Louis Vuitton signature (left-hand side).

In addition to The House’s incomparable watchmaking expertise, the centre of the case feature the hour- and minute-hand, and the tourbillon carriage features the Monogram Flower, paying tribute to Louis Vuitton’s signature emblem. The tourbillon cage is designed to rotate in one minute and is accentuated by the 160 fine components and 17 jewels.

Finally, the case of The Tambour Moon Tourbillon timepiece is secured by a Platinum PT950 ardillon buckle pavé-set, with baguette-cut diamonds on the top and strapped with a black alligator strap. Towards the completion of one such masterpiece, the central bridge and the back of the case bear the Poinçon de Genève” certification, which is a first for Louis Vuitton’s gem-set movement.

Assembled by the greatest craftsmen in the Canton of Geneva, at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, The Tambour Moon Tourbillon timepiece is made to be admired – one whose engraving and gem-set movement truly demonstrated the expertise of The House, whose aesthetics are as remarkable as its mechanism.

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