Back in 2002, Louis Vuitton presented the inaugural Tambour model boasting a unique form. After fifteen years, the French fashion house has introduced a new collection named Tambour Moon, which pays tribute to its flagship timepiece. The latest example to become a part of the collection is the Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant “Poinçon de Genève” – a watch that celebrates the opening of Louis Vuitton’s new store at 2 Place Vendôme in Paris. It marks the Maison’s return to its roots, with the young Louis Vuitton opening his first shop doors in the same location in 1854. The Tambour Moon is adorned with 296 diamonds mounted throughout the case, dial and movement, weighing 7.60 carats in total. . The case and plate are entirely encrusted in the precious stones – a first for a timepiece with the coveted Poinçon de Genève seal.
The curved case encrusted with 145 baguette-cut diamonds houses the manually-wound caliber LV97, which gives the tourbillon the remarkable 80 hours of power reserve. The barrel, dial and tourbillon carriage appear to float in mid-air, appearing weightless. It took 120 hours of painstaking work of crafting and decorating each tiny component by hand. The watch comes with a black alligator strap complete with a platinum clasp pavé-set with further baguette-cut diamonds.