Ink-redible! This Louis Vuitton Watch Was Inspired by Tattoo Art

Coming up this Saturday, Nov. 9, the biennial Only Watch charity auction will be taking place in Geneva. The event, which focuses on the sale of exceptional timepieces, raises money to support AMM, the Monaco-based association for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

As of today, the 50 featured timepieces are currently on preview at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues Geneva. It’s the culmination of a world tour that started in September at the Monaco Yacht Show and then traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Paris; London; New York; Tokyo; Singapore; Hong Kong; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Among the showcased rarities is the one-of-a-kind Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 from the house of Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time watch rose tattoo
Louis Vuitton’s Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 with diamond-accented titanium and 18k white gold case, lugs, bezel, crown, and alligator strap. The 18k white gold dial is detailed with enameling, miniature artwork, rubies, and diamonds (lot 18 at the Only Watch auction hosted by Christie’s Geneva; estimate: $18,134–$101,417).

Its defining characteristic is the design of its dial, which is inspired by tattoo art. It features a white gold plaque detailed with black, turquoise, and transparent grand feu champlevé enameling and hand-painted artwork depicting a red rose among green leaves and tendrils.


Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time watch enameling in progress
The dial, a creation by Anita Porchet, one of the greatest independent enamelers in fine watchmaking, required 200 hours of work and highlights traditional techniques that are mastered by only very few artisans in Geneva.

An 18k white gold hand extends from the rose’s stem, with jagged edges to suggest thorns and painted red to match the petals. Rubies and diamonds frame and encircle the design, while the hours are denoted by rotating cylinders, each paved in diamonds.

The rest of the watch is also pure luxury: The bezel, lugs, and 41 mm case crown are adorned in diamonds set in titanium and white gold, and the watch comes with four alligator straps (black, red, green, and white) fitted with an 18k white gold ardillon buckle set with diamonds.

And the cherry on top: The watch is presented in a custom LV monogram watch case—more of a trunk in miniature—that’s also hand-painted, recalling the floral pattern of the dial.

Louis Vuitton watch case
The winner of the Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 is effectively scoring two luxury accessories—because the watch comes in this gorgeous storage/display solution that includes room for other treasures as well.

Head is definitely spinning over this one. Wheeeeee!

Top: You can bid on the the Escale Spin Time Only Watch 2019 starting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues Geneva, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. There is no buyer’s premium, and you can see and bid on all the lots online at Christie’s Geneva


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