Recently, Louis Vuitton presented three new high-horology timepieces in Courchevel, the ultra-luxe ski resort in the French Alps, as a follow-up to the introduction of the Carpe Diem Tambour Automaton in 2021.
Since 2011 when Louis Vuitton’s acquired the Fabrique du Temps, their luxury watchmaking objective has been to push the frontiers of savoir-faire and produce spectacular custom creations.
And although the three brand-new stunning watches which include, Tambour Moon Flying Tourbillon, Tambour Opera Automata, and Tambour Fiery Heart Automata have the same classic Tambour case, their appearance and feel could not be more dissimilar.
In our last article we looked at the mechanism of the Tambour Opera Automata. Today we will be looking at the Tambour Fiery Heart Automata.
So let’s dive right into it!
Tambour Fiery Heart Automata
(Photo: LOUIS VUITTON TAMBOUR FIERY HEART AUTOMATA)
The new feminine Tambour Fiery Heart Automata showcases the brand’s sophisticated in-house savoir-faire, and aesthetic workmanship. This timepiece features deep red hearts, shiny green leaves, gold thorns, and a glistening diamond-set crown.
The luxury brand for the first time, unites a flying tourbillon, dial-side automaton and an automatic movement, in the Tambour Fiery Heart Automata.
(Photo: TAMBOUR FIERY HEART AUTOMATA DIAL)
The dial of this crucial invention, which is a follow-up to the lauded Tambour Carpe Diem Automata, is made using the supreme artisanal technique of grand feu enamel, which is a lost skill.
The grand feu enamel which is extremely difficult to work with, requires high temperatures and several breaks during the manufacturing process. But, it continues to be a material that produces top-notch results, most notably, colors that are distinctly vibrant and long-lasting.
With this new model, Louis Vuitton uses green, creating the many small motifs on this beautiful dial using a combination of champlevé and cloisonné enamel.
(Photo: TAMBOUR FIERY HEART AUTOMATA DIAL)
To use the champlevé enamel, materials are removed from the dial’s surface to make room for the enamel powder and this was expertly done by the highly skillful Louis Vuitton enameller. d
The dial surface is fixed with delicate gold wires meticulously using the Cloisonné enamel, creating a closed cell in which the enamel is deposited.
The Case And The Movement
Louis Vuitton’s in-house calibre LFT 325 is used in driving this innovative design. The calibre’s mechanism was naturally created specifically for this incredible watch, which is encased in a glossy 42 mm rose gold Tambour case.
The automatic calibre LFT 325, has a solid frequency of 4 Hz and is flawlessly polished in a subtle manner and clearly viewable through the sapphire crystal caseback.
Its movement’s micro-blasted bridges are embellished with rose-gold thorny rose stems, mimicking the dial’s design.
The flying tourbillon with one-minute rotation sustains excellent levels of chronometric performance for 65 hours of the LFT 325’s power reserve, as a result of a separate mainspring driving the automaton.
The wheels of the calibre are visible in open-worked parts, and the luminous 18-carat rose-gold rotor is etched and also open-worked with the brand’s signature monogram blossoms.
This watch’s design allows wearers to catch a glimpse of the automation through its caseback. An open-worked bridge in the movement’s upper right quadrant provides a glimpse of the automaton’s mainspring, regulator and driving wheels.
This intricate arrangement supplies the seven automata with energy while coordinating their running times and managing their operating speed.
As previously noted, the Tambour Fiery Heart Automata has no fewer than seven animations, which are triggered by a gem-set pusher at eight o’clock. While the mechanical operation lasts exactly 13 seconds making it possible for the wearer to view the actions on the thorns, the heart, monogram blossoms, and gold flames.
(Photo: MODEL WEARING THE TAMBOUR FIERY HEART AUTOMATA)
With the two center enamel roses monograph blossoms rotating swiftly and the thorns sprouting and expanding from the hour and minute subdials. The flames dance around the heart as if fueled by a tornado, the heart then bursts apart revealing the words: “SWEET BUT FIERCE”.
The Strap And The Buckle
From its elegant design and assured messaging to the inventive automation advancements, the Louis Vuitton expert horologists finish off this beautiful piece with a green alligator leather strap and an 18k rose gold buckle.
On A Final Note
The Tambour Fiery Heart Automata is the multi-layered end product of Louis Vuitton’s commitment to exquisite watchmaking, and this kind of innovative, high-risk creativity is what enables a great luxury maison to achieve long-term success, and we look forward to witnessing this success.