Louis Vuitton has had a pretty impressive year when it comes to timepieces. Not only has the brand unveiled new Escale and Voyager watches, but it has also secured the Geneva Seal for its newest “made to order” Louis Vuitton Flying Tourbillon Poincon de Geneva.
Retailing for approximately $262,000, the Flying Tourbillon Poincon de Geneve, which was two years in the making, actually incorporates a tiny gold Seal — the Geneva Coat of Arms — on the dial in order to clearly mark it as having the Hallmark of Geneva certification.
The “Poinçon de Genève” — also referred to as the Geneva Seal or the Hallmark of Geneva — is an independent institution (established in 1886) regulated by the laws of the Geneva canton. The Institution examines the manufacturing and finishing of all the components — from movement to case — and then issues the “Poinçon de Genève” certification only to those meeting the most stringent craftsmanship and technical standards.
The Louis Vuitton Flying Tourbillon is the brand’s first watch to receive the Geneva Seal. It takes a full month for one watchmaker to build one watch, and there are only two in-house watchmakers capable of the work, so its production is naturally limited — hence the reason for the Special Order status.
The skeletonized tourbillon features a V in the tourbillon cage, which rotates once per minute. The LV104 manual wind caliber was developed entirely from scratch by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in the canton of Geneva. The movement consists of 168 parts and the 43.7mm watch is offered in platinum and measures just 9.1mm in thinness.It offers 80 hours of power reserve, features a transparent sapphire casebook and is water resistant to 50 meters.
You can read more about the Louis Vuitton very cool new Voyager collection, and the newest Escale Spin Time, World Time and Time Zone watches on Haute Time.