Frank Gehry creates transparent Fondation Louis Vuitton-informed watch

Frank Gehry creates transparent watch for Louis Vuitton

Pritzker Architecture Prize-profitable architect Frank Gehry has designed a clear enjoy for luxury manufacturer Louis Vuitton knowledgeable by his Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul properties.

Named the Tambour Moon Traveling Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève Sapphire Frank Gehry, the look at has a rippling sapphire circumstance that was knowledgeable by Gehry’s architecture.

Frank Gehry has produced a observe for Louis Vuitton

The watch’s circumstance, dial, crown, lugs and hands were all reduce from a single 200-kilogram block of sapphire.

Its dial was engraved with a rippling type that evokes the architecture of the Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul store’s glass facade and the sail-like type of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon Poinçon de Genève Sapphire Frank Gehry watch
The enjoy has a clear case and dial

To establish the waves on the watch experience, Gehry crumpled up a blown-up photograph of the watch.

“To distil this impressive still ethereal signature – a poetic allusion to the movement of a boat’s sails – the architect printed out a substantial-scale photograph of the 2022 Tambour Moon Saphir and crumpled the paper to make the new model’s dial,” reported Louis Vuitton.

“Echoing the glass ship he built for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Gehry has established a mini-composition in observe kind that provides the exact impressions of airiness and depth, but on a miniature scale.”

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According to the brand, each of the dials for the five limited version watches took 250 hrs to make by hand.

“It took 250 several hours to manufacture the dial by yourself – a single of the most challenging ever designed by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and a real miniature sculpture, no thicker than a sheet of paper,” claimed the brand.

“Artisans sculpted the sapphire – tricky to work with – by hand, bringing to lifetime the shapes and reliefs drawn up by Frank Gehry to echo his architectural models.”

Sapphire watch dial
The dial was informed by Gehry’s architecture

The clear dial and situation have been built to permit the watch’s system, which was created from rose gold and rhodium-plated steel, to be on comprehensive screen. The rear was engraved with Gehry’s signature.

“The sapphire glass architectural masterpiece allows every single millimetre of the gears’ natural beauty to glow, together with the chamfering and satin finishes used to even the smallest enjoy ingredient,” Louis Vuitton mentioned.

“The delicately openworked calibre is two-toned to highlight its contrasts. The strong rose gold plate options a concentric satin finish, although the gears and traveling tourbillon are rhodium-plated.”

Watch mechanism for Louis Vuitton
The transparent structure aims to showcase the watch’s mechanism

The enjoy is the latest project intended by Gehry for the vogue brand. Alongside with the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul buildings, the architect not too long ago created a range of handbags for the brand name and has previously created a collection of fragrance bottles.

Gehry also created a gold bottle for the 150th anniversary of X.O cognac for drinks brand name Hennessy, which is owned by Louis Vuitton’s father or mother team Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.