We’ve seen Skull Watches from Louis Vuitton in the past, but it’s rare for the luxury brand to make a truly skeleton watch. Enter the Voyager Skeleton, the French company’s first automatic time-only skeleton watch. Limited to just 150 pieces, the Voyager Skeleton comes with an audacious design featuring a platinum case and a skeletal inner dial that shows the new LV60 movement designed along with La Fabrique du Temps, and angular elements that also rather cleverly hide the iconic LV logo in plain sight!
Designer: La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
The limited-edition watch sports a monobloc body made entirely from solid platinum. This means that the entire inner skeleton is crafted from a single piece of the precious metal. It sits within a platinum body too, with an attractive round shape that borders on being square for some visual drama. A sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating ensures optimal visibility, while the transparent case-back offers an additional view of the exceptional caliber within. The watch comes with two straps in the box – a navy-blue alligator leather strap, and a navy blue taurillon leather strap, both outfitted with a platinum ardillon buckle.
At the heart of this exquisite timepiece lies the LV60 skeleton movement, meticulously crafted by La Fabrique du Temps, the Swiss watchmaker that was acquired by LVMH in 2011. This caliber offers a 28,800 vph frequency and a 48-hour power reserve, ensuring precise timekeeping and unparalleled reliability. The movement’s skeletonized bridges and plates allow for an unobstructed view of the intricate inner workings, while the LV branding makes itself visible in the skeletal bridge, as well as on the tungsten micro-rotor on the back, and finally the words ‘Louis Vuitton’ engraved into the ratchet wheel on the front.
For Louis Vuitton, the watch embodies the edgy, grandiose nature of contemporary architecture. The jagged lines on both the front and back of the watch represent the use of metal beams, supports, and slats found in modern buildings. There’s a fair bit of modernity, or rather newness, in the LV60 movement too, which was developed specifically for the Voyager Skeleton. The Louis Vuitton Voyager Skeleton is limited to just 150 pieces and sports a hefty price tag of $55,000.