A Dial In The Colors Of The World: The Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime, A Hand-Painted Travel Watch
Historically, Louis Vuitton stood out by offering customers the opportunity to customize their products by bands of colors , initials, emblems and other geometric symbols painted by hand. These colorful and vibrant customizations have served as inspiration for the creation of the dial of the Escale Worldtime watch, Louis Vuitton’s latest timepiece featuring a dial that displays 24 cities and countries around the world, hand painted with 38 differing colors.
An invitation to travel, Escale Worldtime has an ingenious mechanism that allows the forward and backing setting of the time. With a diameter of 41 mm, the hand-painted travel watch displays on its dial the names of the big cities of the world allowing the owner to know what time is in each one of them by following the directions of the yellow arrow. The dial is comprised of a series of rings integrated into the movement (hand-painted with the names of the cities and corresponding emblems inspired by the monograms used on vintage Louis Vuitton trunks). The Louis Vuitton logo and the yellow arrow are actually applied to the underside of the sapphire crystal and they sit suspended over the dial rings, not to impede the displacement of the movable disks. It takes a whole week to paint one face alone so no wonder that only 20 will be made this year.
A true automatic worldtimer with a 38-hour power reserve, Escale Worldtime has a pretty busy dial and it’s a little difficult to read, but it’s marvellously beautiful and in natural light the colors really stand out.
Offered on a black alligator strap hand-sewn fitted with a white gold buckle , the Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime is a unique timepiece, a new interpretation of the mechanical watchmaking of a worldtimer.
One of the stars of Louis Vuitton 2014 collection, the Escale Worldtime is priced at $67,500.
For more information, visit the manufacturer’s website.
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