To encourage and support the independent watchmakers as well as to honour the art of watchmaking, Louis Vuitton has announced the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize, earlier this year. In the competition, only five watches will be shortlisted by a committee of international experts and the results will be declared in the beginning of 2024, at the award ceremony.
The first result of these exciting partnerships is the LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie , a true watchmaking masterpiece born from the collaboration between Atelier Akrivia and Louis Vuitton. Also, this is the first time that Louis Vuitton has appeared fusing its logo with some other brand which is Rexhep Rexhepi.
Innovative watchmaking: The heart of the LVRR-01
The LVRR-01 is a double-sided percussion chronograph. This extraordinary timekeeping instrument is powered by a completely new tourbillon movement developed by Atelier Akrivia and its founder Rexhep Rexhepi . This impressive work has been integrated into a newly designed Louis Vuitton Tambour case. It runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides a power reserve of 72 hours.
The basic concept of the LVRR-01 is embodied by an emblem on the sapphire dial. Upon closer inspection, the connection between the two brand names becomes clear, with “LV” subtly integrated into “Akrivia.” This fusion of logos with another brand is a debut for Louis Vuitton. The LVRR-01 comes as a precision chronometer with a tourbillon regulator that displays the current time, measures elapsed time and announces the passage of time with a sonnerie mechanism . These impressive complications are presented through a two-sided dial that symbolises the collaborative development of the LVRR-01.
The aesthetic of the work is decidedly traditional and is characterised by hand-applied decorations. The extraordinary double-sided dial requires a special approach to the movement. Compared to traditional movements, the LVRR-01 calibre is inverted, revealing the chronograph and striking mechanisms on the front. The tinted sapphire dial provides insights into the decorated components, and a tourbillon at six o'clock completes one revolution every five minutes, a homage to historical chronometers.
The chronograph features an audible reminder of elapsed time, indicating each minute with a single audible beat. This mesmerising sound note is produced by a black polished steel hammer hitting a hardened steel gong.
The integration of the complications, the chronograph and the sonnerie as well as the tourbillon, requires sophisticated technology. Akrivia founder Rexhep Rexhepi found a clever solution with two barrels that supply the timekeeping of the movement as well as the chronograph and the chime with sufficient energy. The second barrel is connected to the gear train in a special way.
The LVRR-01's platinum case translates Louis Vuitton's signature tambour design with Rexhep Rexhepi's stylistic touches into a streamlined shape characterized by a tall, sloping bezel and elegantly shaped lugs reminiscent of vintage men's wristwatches. The crown and the chronograph pusher are heptagonal in shape and made by hand.
A unique case for a unique watch
The LVRR-01 comes in a traditional Louis Vuitton trunk, which is custom-made for each example of the LVRR-01 and hand-painted with a motif inspired by the chronograph scales on the enamel dial .
The 39.9 mm large and 12.2 mm high LVRR-01 is worn with a Louis Vuitton strap made of cowhide leather with a pin buckle.
The LVRR-01 Chronographe à Sonnerie is a unique masterpiece that combines the individual and distinctive aesthetic codes of Rexhep Rexhepi and Louis Vuitton. The novelty is limited to 10 pieces and costs Rs. 4,13,72,00 (approx.) without taxes.
This story has first appeared at WatchTime.net
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