Next stop: Louis Vuitton

Since its creation, travel runs deep into Louis Vuitton’s veins. The rule applies for the new Escale collection as well which reveals for its 10th anniversary a series of four three-hand watches. Elegant and refined the models benefit from craft and watchmaking expertise of the luxury Maison while instilling many references of the iconic suitcases.

By Chloé Redler

After distinguishing itself once again at the beginning of the year in arts and crafts with the fantastic trio of the Escale Cabinet of Wonders, Louis Vuitton comes back to fundamentals by presenting its three-hand timepieces. Without any complication, those new Escale shine by the beauty of their dials, their sophisticated finishes and the precision of their calibres.

The new Louis Vuitton Escale, revealed for the line’s 10th anniversary – © Lacombe

The Escale collection, simple only in appearance

Accumulating mentions to Louis Vuitton’s origins and trunkmaking savoir-faire, the Escale strikes by its entirely redesigned dial protected by a domed sapphire crystal blending into the bezel.

The Escale stands out with its domed crystal blending perfectly into the polished bezel – © Lacombe

Whilst marking the hour’s quarters, the riveted and angled indexes in polished gold hold together the central dial and the outer minute track. Subtly brushed and arched, this minute track is decorated with gold studs evoking the nails used to fix the lozine on the iconic trunks of the brand.

The polished gold indexes mark each quarter of an hour and fix the central dial to the external minute track.

The details, which really are not in the end, infiltrate the seconds hand whose tip is shaped to follow the dial’s curve. The hand was manufactured in titanium to minimize energy consumption. Coated in rose gold or white gold PVD, the seconds hand match with the hours and minutes thin hands.

The slender hands echo Louis Vuitton’s leather goods.

The dials’ texture deserves all the attention as well. Inspired by the iconic Monogram canvas, the surface – visible on both rose gold models – is finely grained. Technical prowess, the result is strikingly realistic and obtained thanks to the use of specifically developed stamps.

On the rose gold variations, the textured dial was inspired by the grained surface of Louis Vuitton iconic Monogram canvas.

For the two platinum pieces, the dial dresses with precious and rare stones. The onyx enhances the 40.5 mm variation whose case band and bezel are set with a total of 161 baguette-cut diamonds.

Riveting, the onyx central dial is rimed by a bezel set with baguette-cut diamonds.

Otherworldly, the timekeeper piece stands from now on as guardian for all eternity with its Gibeon (Namibia) meteorite dial. The platinum is in perfect harmony with the multiple reflects of the striae called Widmanstätten figures.

This precious model highlights the different natural shades of the meteorite.

A calibre named perfection

The one that made the Tambour beat in 2023 (see our video “Les Nouvelles Tambour” and our article “This new Tambour will be a hit with watch lovers!”) is non-other than the three-hand self-winding movement LFT023.

The quartet is powered by the automatic calibre LFT023, certified by the Geneva Observatory as a high-precision Swiss chronometer.

Let’s recall it was the very first three-hand movement designed by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in conjunction with Le Cercle des Horlogers.

An intricate collection without any complication.

Highly precise, the calibre is chronometer certified by the Geneva Observatory and provides approximately 50 hours of power reserve.

The micro-rotor in 22-carat rose-gold is decked with Louis Vuitton’s motif.

Visible through a crystal sapphire case back, the calibre unveils the intricate beauty of its cogs. The micro-rotor in 22-carat rose-gold is ornate with Louis Vuitton’s motif of proven efficiency. A pure marvel on both sides.

€29,000 – 39 mm – rose gold – silver dial – camel calf leather strap – W3PG11
€29,000 – 39 mm – rose gold – blue dial – blue calf leather strap – W3PG21
€39,000 – 39 mm – platinum – meteorite dial – W3PT11
€180,000 – 40.5 mm – platinum – onyx dial – diamond-set bezel – W3PT3Y

The new Escale collection embarks you through a timekeeping journey.

Click here to read the full Louis Vuitton Escale technical sheet.


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