Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon Kaleidoscope is a watch that showcases a harmonious blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. This limited-edition timepiece is a testament to the Maison’s dedication to both heritage and innovation.
The watch draws inspiration from the iconic Monogram Flower, a design element introduced by Louis Vuitton in 1896. However, this timepiece offers a modern reinterpretation by transforming it into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope. The artistry lies in the technique of cloisonné enamel, where skilled artisans use gold threads to create delicate partitions on the dial, which are then filled with enamel. The result is a captivating display of colors and patterns.
Notably, the dial is a canvas entirely devoted to the craftsmanship of Anita Porchet, and it remains unsigned, allowing her enamelwork to shine brilliantly. Achieving the perfect shades of purple enamel, one of the most challenging colors to work with, required weeks of research and the use of antique enamels. The gradations of blue and intense purple hues on the dial reinforce the kaleidoscopic effect, making it a true work of art.
Creating the intricate dial decoration alone demands nearly two weeks of meticulous craftsmanship. The central motif, formed with gold-threaded cloisonné enamel, appears to extend beyond the dial’s limits, creating a captivating Mandala-like pattern. The hypnotic aesthetics of the watch face are further enhanced by the subtle yet powerful blue and purple color palette.
To match the vivacity of the kaleidoscopic dial, Louis Vuitton equips the Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon with the impressive flying tourbillon LV 81 calibre, designed and assembled at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. The regulator at 6 o’clock features a refined design that reveals the V for Gaston-Louis Vuitton at the heart of the flying tourbillon carriage. Meanwhile, a sapphire crystal on the case back provides a glimpse into the micro-rotor and watch mechanism, its delicate adornment reminiscent of the striped Trianon canvas created in 1858.
In the Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon Kaleidoscope, Louis Vuitton has masterfully reimagined one of the most extraordinary watch complications while preserving a design that is a blend of both tradition and innovation.