Meticulous minimalism: The Louis Vuitton Flying Tourbillon ‘Poinçon de Genève’
An innovative milestone
In a luxury house as illustrious as Louis Vuitton, one would think their lineage of fine craftsmanship is impossible to surpass but the French maison has outdone themselves again. La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton has earned the accreditation of the 'Poinçon de Genève', the highest order signifying the strict criterion of fine watchmaking and workmanship established in 1886. And the first watch created with the grant of this acclaimed certification is the Flying Tourbillon 'Poinçon de Genève'.
Setting an achievement for the history books, this timepiece touts a new case that displays a unique transparency with a never-before-seen skeleton tourbillon movement. The watch is an expression of negative space, where aspects of void and minimalist lines come together impressively within a seemingly delicate frame fitted with a tourbillon regulator.
Completely ornamented from the inside out, every piece of the watch is decorated in accordance to the laws of 'Poinçon de Genève'. The distinctive V shines an exceptional gleam, as does the slim borders and the bevelled bridges on the front and back — a testament to the exquisite attention rendered by the watchmaker.
But greater than the sum of its moving parts is the LV104 calibre, a La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton original developed entirely in-house. In what is the most groundbreaking piece of horology ever crafted by the French luxury label, this new movement simulates an aerial suspension, capturing the calibre as if it were ascending mid-flight in its 950 platinum case.
This technical prowess is further supplemented by a minimalism that blends weightlessness with a stimulating visual: A combination circle and square case, which measures only 41mm wide and 43.7mm diagonally, with rims glided in polished and satin finishes. Graphic, structural and sublime, the Flying Tourbillon 'Poinçon de Genève' is a distinctive symbol of Louis Vuitton finesse and is slated to be an icon for years to come.
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