Best of Awards – Coolest New Watch, Above $50k: Louis Vuitton ESCALE Worldtime

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We’ve covered the affordable side of the watch gift market with the Skagen Havene — how about the ultra-exclusive end.

There are hundreds of ways to part with tens of thousands when buying a fine timepiece — but what about for the person who already has Bell & Ross watches, is bored with Rolex and Tag, and for whom the Cartier tank is too small these days?

For these gents, we present this gorgeous watch with 24 time zones depicted by stunning hand-painted motifs in the edges of the dial. In the inner circles are the hour, minute and date of your locality.

A magic onyx pyramid in the center always points upward. Why? The Escale truly makes the world revolve around you. Confused? See the video below for a live demonstration of how the Escale operates.

If not you specifically, then at least you in terms of your time zone. The hour hand stays vertical as the flags move around to tell the time not just in Riyadh but in Tokyo and Rio — at a single glance. Perhaps the most-useful feature for weary travelers?

You always know how far ahead or behind any other time-zone is based on your current location. Clever and beautiful?

Yes. But definitely not cheap.

Pricing is estimated at $68,000 for the white-gold style, with other special finishes available to certain special individuals — People who are truly the center of their universes!

Louis Vuitton ESCALE Worldtime

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Inspired by the trunk corner pieces and customization, the Escale Worldtime is a watch that perpetuates Louis Vuitton’s tradition of travel with elegance and sophistication. It introduices a new white gold case and features an exclusive in-house worldtime with no hand complication. The hand-painted city disc enhances the brightness and contrasts of the dial.

– 18K brushed white gold Escale case with polished bezel, back, horns and crown
– 41mm diameter
– Automatic Manufacture movement developed and assembled by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
– LV106 Calibre
– Worldtime with disc display
– 38-hour power reserve
– Miniature hand-painted flags on the city disc
– Sapphire metallised back with LV signature
– Hand-stitched black alligator strap with calf lining
– 18K white gold ardillon buckle
– Sapphire glass with reflection proof coating
– Water resistant to 30m
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