Even if Louis Vuitton releases five new references a day all categories combined, it took 18 years after the first launch of the Tambour watch collection to unveil an exceptional timepiece worthy of the greatest watchmakers.
If we were to speak in figures…
0 – Inspired by the original Tambour Collection, the R&D team worked from scratch to develop this Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon, starting with the in-house manufacturing of a new material called Carbostratum made of a hundred layers of carbon fiber coated with epoxy.
1 – At Louis Vuitton, every watchmaker who starts a timepiece finishes it completely. He is fully in charge of all the checks regarding: water-resistance, adjustment of the 6 positions, anti-dust or power reserve control. In doing so, it makes him proud. On the other hand, if the watch comes back, he is the person to speak to! It is also the first time that Louis Vuitton launches a watch with a fully-integrated bracelet.
2 – It is the number of years that it took to fully develop the project, it is also the number of months necessary to assemble a piece from A to Z, but also the number of poinçons de Genève certifications that Louis Vuitton has already obtained prior to the one for this launch, the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon.
5 – To this date, this is the number of brands that have been certified Poinçon de Genève including: Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Roger Dubuis, Cartier and of course, Louis Vuitton. For the record, the first criteria for obtaining this hallmark is to be 100% based in Geneva, but above all, it means that each and every component must be finished by hand, whatever their face!
15 – This is the number of watchmakers who work fulltime at La Fabrique du Temps, a poetic name for the Louis Vuitton factory dedicated to the manufacturing of their watches inaugurated in 2014 in Meyrin, in the suburbs of Geneva.
80 – With its automatic hand-wound movement, the volume of the barrel has been optimized to reach 80 hours of power reserve in order to operate the floating cage of the flying tourbillon set at 9 o’clock in the shape of a pointed flower monogram.
100 – 100% new concept! New case, new movement, new material, coupled with a first integrated strap and a folding clasp. Never seen before for the French house, which obtains its 3rd hallmark of Geneva.
120 – At the very least, this is the number of hours that the watchmaker alone spends on the assembly of each Tambour Curve Tourbillon Volant.
152 – Baguette-cut diamonds set the horns, the flange and the crown of the watch.
178 – It is the number of round diamonds that set the open-worked plate of the functional bridge of the piece.
350’000.- TTC is the price in euros of the set version. And 280’000.-TTC This is the price of the standard Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon.