It’s been a very busy year for Louis Vuitton watches – as evidenced by the fact that the brand is unveiling a host of new products that run the gamut from a stunning new men’s Voyager collection to a SpinTime Escale and a flying tourbillon that holds the coveted Geneva Seal.
Recently, we had the chance to sit with Hamdi Chatti, vice president for watches and jewelry at Louis Vuitton and discuss how far the brand has come in its watchmaking world. READ MORE
Louis Vuitton exhibited its new watch collection in a beautiful mansion near the city center of Basel this year again. Among the treasures was a new flying tourbillon, the Tambour eVolution Tourbillon Volant, distinguished by a bridge designed in a stylized “V” motif that was invented by Gaston Vuitton in 1901 to adorn his famous Steamer Bag. The case is made of pink gold, with an MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) middle, a ceramic/aluminum alloy. It has an automatic movement, Caliber LV81 by La Fabrique du Temps, with a 40-hour power reserve. Another major introduction this year is the Escale World READ MORE
Today was press day at Baselworld, with the fair opening at mid-day to give us a preview of a few brands’ introductions. Among them were new models from Patek Philippe, Chopard, Christophe Claret and Louis Vuitton (which is showing off-site). The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph, Ref. 5960 was originally introduced in 2006 in a platinum case. Outside the Nautilus and Aquanaut collections, there are few steel Patek Philippe watches. The movement, automatic Caliber CH 28-520 IRM QA 24H, is unchanged, as is the case (except that it is now stainless steel), but the dial has been refurbished and the READ MORE
In a couple of weeks we’ll be walking the 36 miles of aisles at Baselworld, the world’s largest watch fair in Basel, Switzerland, gathering info on all of the exciting new watch introductions. For now, we bring you a sneak preview of five new pieces about to make their debut: The Louis Moinet Qatar Tourbillon (pictured above) features a dial made of fragments from a meteorite found in Qatar after a 10-day hunt in the desert. The hand-engraved applique around the periphery of the dial depicts two bent swords and sand dunes, a tribute to the state of Qatar. With the READ MORE