Fly­ing High

Louis Vuit­ton has joined an ex­clu­sive club with the un­veil­ing of its first watch granted the pres­ti­gious Geneva Seal. Sean Li dis­cusses the ground­break­ing project with LV’S Hamdi Chatti and Michel Navas

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Watches -

ouis Vuit­ton, al­ready known for mak­ing lux­ury time­pieces, made a sig­nif­i­cant move in 2012 by ac­quir­ing La Fabrique du Temps, a Geneva-based spe­cial­ist that de­vel­oped high-end me­chan­i­cal move­ments for a num­ber of brands. Headed by renowned watch­mak­ers Michel Navas and En­rico Bar­basini, La Fabrique du Temps had an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion in the in­dus­try. By bring­ing its know-how and ex­pe­ri­ence in-house, Louis Vuit­ton was mak­ing a bold state­ment about its own am­bi­tions on the horo­log­i­cal front. With the ac­qui­si­tion, LV’S vice-pres­i­dent for watches and jew­ellery, Hamdi Chatti, saw an op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue one of the most il­lus­tri­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in the in­dus­try, the Poinçon de Genève, or Geneva Seal. Not only are the tech­ni­cal and func­tional re­quire­ments to achieve the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion very spe­cific, a watch must be pro­duced within the Can­ton of Geneva to be el­i­gi­ble. In the fol­low­ing in­ter­view, Chatti and Navas ex­plain some of the challenges they faced be­fore be­ing able to un­veil the Louis Vuit­ton Fly­ing Tour­bil­lon Poinçon de Genève.

Top: Hamdi Chatti and Michel Navas. Fol­low­ing its ac­qui­si­tion of La Fabrique du Temps, Louis Vuit­ton has pro­duced a num­ber of impressive high com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Fly­ing Tour­bil­lon watch that car­ries the Geneva Seal

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