New: Louis Vuitton Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçoin de Genève Plique-à-jour

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Louis Vuitton continues to surprise the horological world with a new metièrs d’art tourbillon with a magnificent plique-à-jour dial. Introducing the Louis Vuitton Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçoin de Genève Pique-à-jour.

Press Release information with commentary in italics.

New: Louis Vuitton Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçoin de Genève Plique-à-jour

The recommended retail price for the Louis Vuitton Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçoin de Genève Plique-à-jour is CHF 297,000 inclusive of tax. The watch is not a limited edition, but given the complexity of the dial, movement and even the case, it is extremely limited in production.


It is certainly not a surprise that we have become big fans of Louis Vuitton, though this is a fairly recent occurrence. Especially after Jean Arnauld took over as the chief, we see this exceptional young man has done for the maison and the industry. Of course, he comes with the huge financial backing of his family, but far more importantly, he is armed with a very high level of passion for watchmaking. Much higher than what we have seen in brand CEOs in recent times. Admirable indeed!

Jean Arnauld, Monticeto, October 2023.

His work is plain for all to see. The redesign of the Tambour is a major feat of retaining the DNA of the line, but yet breathing new life into the design. The collaborations with the independent watchmakers with the launch of the Louis Vuitton x Rexhep Rexhepi LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie watch is another interesting route. Though the concept is not completely novel, the way was paved decades ago by Goldpfiel and again by Harry Winston’s Opus projects, it is still a fresh re-start of this style of collaboration. And the Rexhep watch is only the first of many. The commitment to watchmaking is also evident that the recent LVMH Watch Week saw the reintegration of the two eponymous brands Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth into Louis Vuitton. Both these brands have been living under the shadow of Bvlgari (also part of the LVMH Group), and now given their own branding and standing as brands on their own right. And of course, the LV Watch Prize, the inaugural one being won by none other than our friend Raúl Pagès.

This latest Voyager Flying Tourbillon is another such example. The collection is certainly not new. The Voyager Flying Tourbillon has been in the LV collection for a while. The shape of the case being rather special and very interesting. And all this time, the execution of the superb flying tourbillon movement is made in-house by La Fabrique du Temps. Even the Poinçoin de Genève version is not new. This was previously presented as the Voyager Flying Tourbillon Poinçoin de Genève.

Of course, this novelty bears the same hand-wound Cal. LV104 which is manufactured and finished the in-house La Fabrique du Temps and carries the prestigious Geneva Seal. But the addition of a plique-à-jour enamel dial is certain a wonderful masterstroke.

The watch retains the DNA of the Voyager Flying Tourbillon. But with a spectacular and very distinctive dial, dressed in a blue over a white gold lattice. The plique-à-jour (French for “letting in daylight”) technique used to create the dial is a challenging one.

Light passes through the transparent or translucent enamel, producing an effect like stained glass. The technique is similar to cloisonné, but it uses a temporary backing that is dissolved by acid or is rubbed away after the enamel is fired in the oven. Layers of enamel is deposited and fired into the metal lattice of interlocking Vs (for Vuitton, of course). This is done entirely at the atelier of La Fabrique des Arts.

From the release photographs we received, the watch looks spectacularly magnificent. And we look forward to being able to see, handle and photograph one in person soon.

Release information

At the crossroads of artistic crafts and High Watchmaking, Louis Vuitton is bringing plique-à-jour enamel into the 21st century. The Voyager watch’s dial turns into a modern stained-glass window, revealing the perfection of a flying tourbillon movement developed at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and bearing the prestigious Poinçon de Genève seal. A journey into the blue.

Mastering and reviving traditional expertise could well be Louis Vuitton’s byword. The Maison has placed craftsmanship at the core of its cardinal virtues since its earliest days. By choosing plique-à-jour enamel – a French word first recorded in 14th-century annals – Louis Vuitton intends to restore the prestige of this rare, complex technique, still used by exceedingly few artisans in Europe. Though this enamelling process is lengthy and very painstaking, the transparency, lustre, and colourful nuances it provides are second to none. Many months of research were needed to obtain this blue gradient. To achieve this, the Maison worked with several master enamellers within its atelier at La Fabrique des Arts.

The dial of the Voyager Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève“ Plique-à-jour was crafted entirely within La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton workshop.

A technical and artistic feat

The highly precise plique-à-jour technique, pioneered by Byzantine artisans in the 4th and 5th centuries CE, consists of depositing enamel into cells without the support of any backing. Louis Vuitton chose the ancient, Western “percé” – and most challenging – technique from among the different types of existing plique-à-jour methods.

To breathe life into this miniature stained-glass artwork, the enameller applied colour to each section using a paintbrush, in keeping with the most traditional technique: capillary action fill. Given that the material is not deposited directly onto the dial’s back, but rather into open cells, the enameller’s movements must be quick and light to ensure that the enamel spreads evenly and without air pockets. The result on such a surface is a real technical feat, providing the Voyager watch with unprecedented clarity and light. The visually striking white gold dial, featuring repeated interlocking Vs for Vuitton, showcases a vivid, luminous, and modern reinterpretation of plique-à-jour enamel. This effect is only heightened by the timepiece’s exquisite colourway and the dimensions of the enamelled surfaces – as demonstrated by the central dial at 12 o’clock, whose sumptuous gradient of three shades of blue varies in saturation and opalescence between ultramarine, azure and blue grey.

Beyond the difficulties in obtaining plique-à-jour enamel on a larger surface, the hand pipe’s placement speaks to Louis Vuitton’s technical mastery. To ensure a perfect set of hands, the pipe must be precisely centred and adjusted by hand down to the millimetre. The component seems to float serenely in the centre of this blue dial, permanently affixed thanks to a meticulous application of enamel. This achievement is further proof of our in-house enamellers’ ingenuity and experience.

In total, five to six layers of translucent enamel – and the same number of kiln firings – are needed to obtain this impressive level of transparency, with around 100 hours of work going into every dial.

This mesmerising work of art is allowed to shine in the Voyager’s avant-garde case, defined by a circle within a square, whose architecture provides the watch with even more radiance. By letting light pass through the dial, this type of enamel sets the stage for a chiaroscuro effect, casting infinite nuances onto the watch mechanism. This virtuoso design is paired with a unique skeleton movement: the Poinçon de Genève hand-wound LV104 calibre, which is hand-finished down to the smallest cog. By bringing together the exceptional know-how of plique-à-jour enamel and the mastery of a flying tourbillon movement, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton perfectly captures the essence of High Watchmaking.

A top-flight mechanism

Developed and designed exclusively within La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, this flying tourbillon is the hallmark of the brand’s virtuosity in the field of contemporary High Watchmaking.

Louis Vuitton chose to feature an ethereal and innovative version of the most iconic watchmaking complication. Over 120 hours of work went into assembling all 168 parts of this calibre, which boasts an 80-hour power reserve.

The carriage of the iconic governor has been shaped into a capital V, which spins on itself in a minute. The V’s dynamic, coupled with the movement’s vertical positioning and the dial’s plique-à-jour motifs, bestows a truly unique personality to this tourbillon.

What is even more remarkable is that the Voyager Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève“ Plique-à-jour bears the illustrious Poinçon de Genève seal. Established in 1886, The Geneva Seal attests to the utmost level of manufacturing and finishing of all the components that go into making a watch. Appearing at 9 o’clock, the seal shines clearly from beneath the enamelled dial.

Through the union of skilled artistry taken to its pinnacle, an exceptional mechanical calibre and a Poinçon de Genève seal, the Voyager Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève“ Plique-à-jour is a true watchmaking masterpiece, infused with the visionary spirit that has fuelled Louis Vuitton since its founding in 1854.

Voyager Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève” Plique-à-jour Specifications


• LV 104 Calibre: mechanical movement with manual winding developed and assembled by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton

  • “Poinçon de Genève” certification, visible on the faceof the watch and in the caseback’s border
  • Functions: Skeleton flying tourbillon, hours and minutes,V tourbillon cage fully rotating in one mi-nute
  • 168 components
  • 80 hours of power reserve
  • 21,600 oscillations per hour
  • 17 jewelsCase• Platinum 950 and 18K white gold case with polished and brushed finishes
    • 41 mm diameter
    • 11.68 mm thickness
    • Anti-reflection sapphire crystal
    • Transparent caseback
    • Water-resistant to 50 mDial• Handmade plique-à-jour enamel dial crafted within the in-house workshop of La Fabrique du Temps Louis VuittonStrap• Navy blue calf strapBuckle• Platinum 950 folding buckle

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