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Tambour Carpe Diem

Louis Vuitton 2021

Men's

Louis Vuitton has been quietly producing automata watches for private clients for some years, but this is the first time the brand has made its expertise public with a vanitas. The very first automata, or jacquemarts in horological parlance, struck the hours on tower clocks. This Carpe Diem watch is very much a contemporary iteration in the form of a snake and a skull that give the time, without hands, on demand. When the serpent-shaped pusher, on the right side of the 47mm gold case, is pressed, the dial is transformed into a moving spectacle. The snake lifts its head to reveal an opening in the middle of the skull for the jumping hours display while the tip of its tail flicks across the minute scale, underneath the sandglass that measures power reserve. Meanwhile, the skull winks to reveal a Louis Vuitton Monogram flower in one of its sockets at the same time as its jaw opens in laughter to reveal a message: “Carpe Diem”. This animated tableau is subtly decorated with enamel and engraving. Reinforcing the theme, the LV 525 movement is in the shape of a skull, visible through the back of the Carpe Diem watch, only a handful of which will be made each year.

Function

  • Function
    Hours, Minutes

Complications

  • Display
    Retrograde display
    Jumping display
    Automata
    Power-reserve indicator
  • Other complication
    See presentation text

Movement

  • Movement name
    LV 525
  • Energy supply
    Manual-winding
  • N° of components
    426
  • N° of jewels
    48
  • Power reserve
    100 hours
  • Vibrations
    21600
  • Form
    Round
  • Diameter
    mm

Case

  • Form
    Round
  • Material
    Pink gold
  • Height/thickness
    14.42 mm
  • Diameter
    46.80 mm
  • Back
    Sapphire
  • Water-resistance
    30.00 m

Dial

  • Material
    Engraved / enamelled
  • Colour
    Black / pink gold

Strap

  • Material
    Alligator
  • Colour
    Black
  • Fastening
    Folding clasp

Artistic crafts

  • Type of artistic crafts
    Enamelling, Engraving