Louis Vuitton’s $250,000 Flying Tourbillon Has Many Layers

Louis Vuitton carries a wide range of luxury products, including some of the best watches on the market. And while their watches may not get the attention that some other big name brands do, they still deserve plenty of praise. Their new Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poincon de Geneve proves that point.

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LV Flying Tourbillon

La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton used a novel approach to create the new Flying Tourbillon. The process is called CarboStratum, and it involves randomly laying over 100 sheets of carbon before compressing them into the final, rigid material. The raw material is then milled to create curved shapes. This process reveals curves and rolls in the design similar when two liquids mix together, and which are unique to each watch. The Tourbillon case also has a titanium base. Overall, the case is lightweight and resistant to damage—there is a reason, after all, that this same material is used in aeronautics. The case measures 46mm and in addition to the titanium base, it also has 18ct white gold lugs.

LV Flying Tourbillon side view

Inside the case, you’ll find an open watch face that allows you to see the tourbillon at 9:00. The LV logo dominates the centre of the dial, but you can still see the many intricacies that make up the movement. That movement is an LV 108 hand-wound calibre that is assembled by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in Geneva. If you look at 6:00, you’ll see the Poincon de Geneve seal, which proves the watch’s provenance and quality.

In signature Louis Vuitton fashion, the luxury brand is also offering a stepped-up version of the Flying Tourbillon. This version comes encrusted with diamonds on the inner bezel, on the LV dial logo, and on the crown and lugs. In total there are 354 diamonds weighing in for a total of 4.22 carats. The Flying Tourbillon offers an 80-hour power reserve and runs on 17 jewels. The non-diamond version sells for $258,000; the diamond version is priced at $322,000.

Louis Vuitton timepieces

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