Louis Vuitton ticks ahead with the Escale Time Zone Table Clock
September 27, 2016: Making Christmas special, Louis Vuitton is presenting a table clock version of the Escale Time Zone watch introduced in 2015.
This steel and Rosewood timepiece allows to view the time in all 24 time zones in a new and intuitive manner. The dial of the Escale Time Zone timepieces sports the colourful geometrical designs that have been used by Louis Vuitton’s customers to personalise their trunk. Bands of colour, crests, initials and geometrical shapes are applied to the dial using an artisanal craft technique. Paint contained in a pattern plate is transferred by hand onto the dial using a silicon-coated rubber stamp, colour after colour. This guarantees precise markings suited to all kinds of shapes and graphics.
In the centre of the sapphire crystal, a subtly striped disc bearing the inscription ‘Time Zone’ evokes the shape of a stylised globe. Against this backdrop, a delicate minutes hand stands out, along with a small triangle-shaped hand showing the local time.
A classic GMT function displays the time in a second time zone, thanks to an additional hand or an aperture dedicated to this function. The Escale Time Zone table clock tells you – instantly – what time it is in the 24 time zones. The dial is marked with the cities’ initials, in colour and set out in two rows, making this playful travel complication easy to use and understand.
Local time is displayed in the traditional fashion at the centre of the clock, with a triangle-shaped hand indicating the hour and a fine hand pointing to the minutes. A 24-hour disc, which can be adjusted directly from the crown, allows you to set the reference time next to the name of your desired city – and all the others will follow suit.