The Louis Vuitton x Frank Gehry Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon Sapphire

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Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking department is all in, an apt metaphor for a brand founded on Monsieur Vuitton’s innovative stacking canvas trunks and long associated with the “art of travel.” It is. The acquisition of luxury watchmaker La Fabrique du Temps in 2011 has enabled the brand to produce spectacularly complex timepieces, highlighted by a strong focus on creativity and a unique design language. became. Our latest timepiece is the result of a collaboration with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The result is a crystal clear work of art that expresses the architect’s love of transparency and volume to showcase his flying tourbillon.

Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the genius behind Bilbao’s iconic Guggenheim Museum, also designed Paris’ magnificent Louis Vuitton Foundation (2014) and Louis Vuitton Maison Soul (2019) . These are two landmark buildings that capture the organic shapes and dynamic play of the architects. transparent film.

Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris designed by architect Frank Gehry

Located on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, next to the Water Garden, Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation evokes the billowing sails of a giant ship. The LV Foundation is made up of her 12 giant glass sails supported by wooden beams, a spectacle of transparency and movement. The elegant and poetic architecture of Paris’s museums and cultural centers also influenced Frank Gehry’s design for his Maison Louis Vuitton in Seoul. A miniature version of his LV Foundation in Paris, the storefront features a series of swooping, stepped glass structures that float weightlessly above the building’s roof.

Two years ago, Frank Gehry accepted the challenge of creating his career’s first watch. It is a stretch to move from the gigantic dimensions of architecture to the miniaturized realm of watches, but the result enhances the transparency and volume of his famous structures. Gary explains:My inspiration comes from the sea, fish, boats and the marine world. Because they embody the concepts of movement, maneuverability and speed.Fitting this into a 43.8mm case with a height of 11.27mm was no mean feat, but as a result Tambour Frank Gehry combined the transparency and fluidity of a sapphire crystal with the constant movement of a flying tourbillon. I fused it.

The Tambour Moon Sapphire (2022) was selected for the collaboration.To express Frank Gehry’s passion for dreamy, transparent structures, the Tambour case, dial, crown, lugs and hands are made of 200 kg. Made from a single block. sapphire. Each component, which is notoriously difficult to machine, is cut from a block of sapphire crystal using diamond tools and polished for clarity. Like other Tambour models, the brand name is etched into the center of the sapphire case, and the crown features an interlocking LV monogram.

Frank Gehry’s signature billowing sails on the sapphire dial were created by hand using surgical instruments. It took more than 250 hours to create the paper-thin dial, with craftsmen using microscopes, diamond-tipped tools, and diamond powder to create the matte swirls. However, frequent stops were required to prevent damage to the sapphire from the heat of the drill and the vibrations it caused. As mentioned earlier, the hands are also made of sapphire crystal and contoured with HyCeram Luminex. The series of matte sails across the dial definitely needs some kind of luminescence added to tell the time.

Frank Gehry’s transparent structure reveals a 1-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a carriage decorated with the LV monogram flower. The brand name appears on the skeletonized mainspring at noon, while the horizontally laid out hand-wound movement – ​​LFT MM05.01 – is placed on an openwork rose gold baseplate. This movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vph and offers a power reserve of 80 hours. All components of Lafabrique du Temps’ openwork hand-wound movement are finished according to his exacting Poinconde Geneva standards, including polished gears, chamfers and satin finishes. Last but not least, the sapphire caseback is engraved with Frank Gehry’s signature.

The Tambour Frank Gehry comes with a white Taurillon leather strap (LV’s premium butter-soft leather, grained matte texture) with a rose gold folding buckle.

Availability and price

Tambour Frank Gehry is a limited edition of just 5 pieces. $935,000.Please contact us for more information

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