The idea of indicating the time by having the correct hour right-side-up, whilst the other 11 displayed numerals are upside-down looks relatively simple. However, the fact that it had never been done before is a testament to the technical difficulty of realising the complication; which is visible through the caseback.
Fully designed, assembled and finished at Ludovic’s Genevan workshop, the Upside Down watch has just one hand, indicating the minutes. The dial itself is refined and uncluttered, with seconds shown on a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Numerals for the hours are placed on 12 disks, partially tucked under the platinum bezel. The numbers flip instantly at the end of the 59th minute of each hour, and the right-side-up number is made easier to spot by a contrasting dot (or index) that appears as if by magic, from under the bezel. The case in 950 Platinum is sleek, understated and perfect for a dress watch, featuring a concave caseband and graceful crown shield, which protect the non-screw down, hand-engraved crown.
Aesthetically, the piece draws on pared down and minimalist design codes, but the real inspiration behind the Upside Down watch is a philosophical one. By turning time upside-down via a superbly complex movement, Ludovic stresses the importance of the moment by displaying only the present hour whilst hiding the others. He presents lovers of watch mechanics with an explosion of technical subtleties, intricate hand-finishing, and a poetic offering that is as enchanting on one side as it is on the other.
Info & Delivery
Two year warranty from date of delivery
Pieces should be returned to Vir-Log Sàrl, C.P. 1016, Voie des Traz, 1211 Geneva 5 Airport, Switzerland. Please contact Ludovic Ballouard for the process to return the piece
- Watches with issues covered under the warranty: Ludovic Ballouard shall bear the costs of shipping and service
- Watches with issues out-of-warranty: shipping costs are born by the client, service costs will be charged to the client after acceptance of the quote
Turnaround: about 6 weeks from the date of receipt of the watch or from the date of acceptance of the quote by the client, where required. Watch to be returned to client upon receipt of full payment only, where required.
Shipping charge: complimentary by Ludovic Ballouard
Non-contractual delivery time once the piece is ready:
- Europe: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay
- US: about 6 to 9 working days upon receipt of payment, excluding any custom clearance delay
The brand reserves the right not to deliver to countries outside of the European Union and the United States
Return & Exchange
Made-to-order pieces: no return, no exchange
Advanced payment non refundable
Our priority is customer satisfaction, therefore please do not hesitate to contact SKOLORR to discuss