Can you solve the enigma that is the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Mystérieuse Flying Tourbillon?
Newsflash: Louis Vuitton is giving out honorary horology detective badges if you can break down the mystery that is their new grand complication novelty.
Well, we wished anyway.
But token sleuth title aside, the Tambour Moon Mystérieuse Flying Tourbillon is truly a watch that bids you to look closer to reveal its secrets — Sherlockian instincts or not. Seen as a new chapter in the maison's watchmaking chronicles following superlative creations such as the Skeleton Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève and Spin Time, this new timepiece spotlights a 19th century trend by adapting the era's fascination with mystery clocks into a cutting-edge wristwatch.
Defined as an optical illusion with hands that appear to be levitating and moving as if by magic, mystery clocks were the tour de force of horology at the time (and still retains some of this reputation today), engineered by a mechanism consisting of crystal discs that made movement possible. This same set-up applies to the new Tambour Moon's LV110 calibre, but being a maison that seeks to break new ground, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton has made it so that the movement is arranged in a line and combined with a flying tourbillon escapement. With an eight-day power reserve to boot.
As proof positive of the maison's craftsmanship, a Monogram Flower situated prominently at noon actually conceals a co-axial double barrel plus the central wheels that turn the hour and minute pointers, while at 6 o'clock the tourbillon carriage perches itself seemingly on thin air. The marvel of this construct — besides looking oh-so-stylish — is that there appears to be nothing connecting the barrel to the winding crown. Those keenly examining this absence of material will also notice that the flying tourbillon carriage bears another Monogram Flower, openworked to show the mechanism completing a rotation every 60 seconds.
The mysteries don't just end there; a quick flip to the side sees the case shaped in a concave design all around, and if you so wished, your initials can even go on the back of the tourbillon carriage. So tilt your head and squint a little — you might just uncover even more to the Tambour Moon Mystérieuse Flying Tourbillon than you thought.
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