Familiar Louis Vuitton design codes feature in the new Louis Vuitton Voyager Skeleton, the horological equivalent of contemporary architecture.

By Debbie Hathway

The Louis Vuitton Voyager Skeleton timepiece continues the trend of showcasing the intricate inner workings of a mechanical watch movement, following in the footsteps of the open-worked movements of the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève and the Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève.

The LV60 skeletonised movement is inspired by the dynamic, purposeful architecture of some of Louis Vuitton’s flagship stores as well as the maison’s cultural centre in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The movement’s bridges are designed to represent the brand’s essence, rather than just being functional components. The LV-shaped bridges feature intricate details, such as a discreet Louis Vuitton Monogram on the rotor bridge and an open-worked barrel ratchet wheel spelling out “Louis Vuitton.”

The LV60 calibre, the brand’s first automatic time-only skeleton movement, was developed by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in collaboration with Le Cercle des Horlogers, a workshop based in Neuchâtel. The calibre features a tungsten micro-rotor that has been purposefully positioned off-centre to provide maximum transparency and showcase the fundamental mechanics of the watch. The open barrel also functions as a power reserve indicator, allowing the wearer to estimate the remaining running time based on the transparency of the mainspring.

The Voyager case, exclusive to Louis Vuitton’s haute horlogerie creations, is crafted from platinum and features a monocoque construction. The case middle and bezel are combined, and the front of the case is carefully shaped with sweeping curves and contrasting surface finishes, which is a challenging feat to execute in platinum due to its mechanical properties. The Voyager Skeleton timepiece is limited to 150 pieces, making it a highly exclusive and sought-after addition to any luxury watch collection.

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