Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime is a great watch inspired by vintage trunk monograms, it features an inventive display and a hand-painted dial. The Escale Worldtime is a bright and colorful complication on the classic travel watch.
The Escale Worldtime replica starts with a brand new case shape, it’s slim and well finished with lugs. It comes in 41mm across without bezel and measures only 9.75mm in thick it is extremely sleek and fits nicely under a cuff. The size in this piece make it very comfortable on the wrist.
The white gold provided a little heft, but the dimensions kept it light enough to not be a bother.
The dial is a blend of a series of rings integrated into the movement. The Louis Vuitton logo and the yellow arrow are actually applied to the underside of the sapphire crystal and they sit suspended over the dial rings. The design in these rings are inspired by the monograms used on vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, it is hand-painted with the names of the cities and corresponding emblems . The dial is made available in 38 kinds of the color and it takes over 50 hours for an artisan to hand-paint and fire the various rings. The dial here is certainly busy, but it’s beautiful and in natural light the colors really stand out.
There is also a brand new caliber at the heart of the Escale Worldtime, the caliber LV 106, which is a true automatic worldtimer offering a 38-hour power reserve. To set the Escale Worldtime, you use the crown to line up your home city with this arrow and then you set local time using the concentric hour and minute discs. The yellow arrow will then always point to local time. You can read the time in different time zone by lining up the city with the corresponding hour on the 24-hour ring around the outer part of the dial.Worldtimers are often a little difficult to read, but there is no denying the romance they conjure up.