Louis Vuitton Introduces Tambour Horizon Smartwatch

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Introducing the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Watch. This is Louis Vuitton’s first connected watch which has the same case as the brand’s iconic Tambour Moon. This is the only luxury brand that is competing with the highly successful Hermès Watch by Apple.

Hermes Watch vs Tambour Smartwatch

Compared to the Apple Watch, the Tambour Horizon’s watch face can be customizable a number of different elements, such as stripes, personal initials, Monogram and Damier. The Tambour is a more distinctly Louis Vuitton product compared to the Hermes branded  luxurious wearable tech, making it stand out more than the Apple Watch.

Check out the differences between the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon and Apple Watch Hermès.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon and Hermes Apple Watch

Tambour Watch Features

The Tambour Horizon allows users to receive text messages, access emails and various other functions through the Android Wear 2.0 system. This watch distinctive features though, are perfect for the traveler, as it comes with “My Flight” function wherein flight details such as flight times, gate number, time to destination can be accessed. Another cool feature is the “City Guide”, in connection with the brand’s published guide books. The cases are available in three finishes, Black, Monogram and Graphite.

Customized Straps

The straps are interchangeable, with a variety of styles to choose from, including Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene, Damier Azur and Monogram Eclipse. Prices of the straps vary, depending on style, ranging from $300 – $500.  The battery charger comes with two interchangeable protective key holders made of the brand’s signature leather, Monogram Canvas and Damier Graphite.

The Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon is now available worldwide, including China.

Style & Price

Style

Price

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Black 42 $2,900.00 (USD)
Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Monogram 42 $2,450.00 (USD)
Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Graphite 42 $2,450.00 (USD)

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon – An Android-powered stylish smartwatch

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For quite a few years, we saw most of the high-end watchmakers and luxury fashion brands stay away from smartwatches. But lately we are witnessing a trend reversal and in the last one and half year many of these brands have made their foray into the segment. After Tag Heuer, Montblanc, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton has become the latest to a swing at the luxury smartwatch market. The famed French designer brand has launched its first smartwatch named the Tambour Horizon Watch. Louis Vuitton developed the watch in partnership with Google and Qualcomm and it runs on Android Wear 2.0.


The Tambour Horizon watch is a reworking of its classic Tambour silhouette and swaps the mechanical hardware for digital technology. The 42mm case of the watch sports a 1.2-inch AMOLED 390×390 touchscreen that is surrounded by a 24-hour dial ring and it is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. In addition to the standard Android Wear features, Louis Vuitton has added some custom watchfaces based on its existing product lineup, along with some flight-tracking and city guide features. The pricing for the Tambour Horizon watch starts at $2,450 for the regular stainless steel model, and $2,900 for the black variant.

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Monogram Sun Tourbillon

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The Tambour Monogram Sun Tourbillon, a truly exceptional timepiece, retains its LV80 calibre technical sophistication, with the Louis Vuitton La Fabrique du Temps signature, and is equipped with the most famous of complications: the Tourbillon. Once juxtaposed, the two bridges, located at the centre of the dial and composed of three petals respectively, form the LV flower. Its automatic winding makes it an even rarer piece whose overall design can be admired thanks to its sapphire background.

The Tambour Monogram Sun Tourbillon would not be the same without its particular watchmaking artistry. It all hinges around the dial that is adorned with a Louis Vuitton flower. Crafted on guilloché mother-of-pearl, it stands out from a snow setting. This setting features diamonds of different sizes arranged randomly so as to completely cover the precious metal. The soft colours accentuate the delicate ornamentation in shades of white and pink mother-of-pearl, white diamonds, pink and blue sapphires.

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Tambour Monogram Sun Tourbillon Watch
– Case in 18-carat pink gold, 38mm diameter
– Bezel set with 58 diamonds (1.1 ct) and crown set with 1 diamond (0.16 ct)
– Automatic movement, LV80 calibre, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
– Functions: Tourbillon, hours & minutes
– Dial: Sunray guilloché white mother-of-pearl and 386-diamond snow setting (0.94 ct)
– Semi-shiny white alligator strap
– Pin buckle in 18-carat pink gold set with 103 diamonds (0.93 ct)
– Horns set with 48 diamonds (0.46 ct)
– Transparent background and oscillating weight in 18-carat pink gold

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Tambour Monogram Sun Tourbillon Watch
– Case in 18-carat rhodium-plated white gold, 38mm diameter
– Bezel set with 58 pink or blue sapphires (1.2 ct) and crown set with 1 diamond (0.16 ct)
– Automatic movement, LV80 calibre, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
– Functions: Tourbillon, hours & minutes
– Dial: Sunray guilloché white mother-of-pearl and 386-diamond snow setting (0.94 ct)
– Semi-shiny fuchsia or matte blue alligator straps
– Pin buckle in 18-carat white gold set with 103 diamonds (0.93 ct)
– Horns set with 48 diamonds (0.46 ct)
– Transparent background and oscillating weight in 18-carat pink gold

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Tourbillon

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Louis Vuitton is opening a new chapter in its Great Complications saga by offering a Tambour Monogram Tourbillon in white gold. A new face for the collection’s star piece. The exceptional Tourbillon is seen as the most illustrious of complications and has become the ambassador for the Maison’s watchmaking dimension.

Pink gold makes way for white gold, but its manufacture mechanism remains unchanged. The self-winding Tourbillon movement designed by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton is still housed in the case. The LV80 calibre keeps time at 28,800 vibrations/hour and offers a 35hour power reserve. Welcome from moncler jackets shop to purchase.

Visible through the sapphire back, it reveals its Geneva Stripes decoration that adopts a sunray motif in harmony with the guillochage on the mother-of-pearl and diamond dial, while the lozine remains engraved on the oscillating weight.

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Tambour Monogram Tourbillon Specifications
– Diameter: 38mm
– Case in 18-carat white gold
– White mother-of-pearl dial, 18-carat
– Dial, bezel and horns set with diamonds
– Black alligator strap
– Water resistance: 50m
– LV 80 Automatic Manufacture Calibre, La Fabrique du Temps
– Functions: Tourbillon, hours, minutes
– 35 hours power reserve
– 28,800 oscillations per hour
– Transparent back

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Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution

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With its distinguished character, the Tambour eVolution opens an unprecedented chapter in Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking story. A new masculine interpretation of the Tambour, this timepiece with taut lines and a high-tech silhouette – encased using the innovative material “Black MMC”. The Tambour eVolution is a strong aesthetical departure from the classic tambour, rewriting the codes of Louis Vuitton’s iconic watch.

Designed for the modern, urban, globetrotting man, the Tambour eVolution is the definitive evocation of everyday performance. Available in a GMT three-hand version and a GMT chronograph, in steel or pink gold, with a day/night indicator, the Tambour eVolution displays its modern sensibilities entirely in line with Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking traditions, which have always combined a sense of elegance, a passion for travel and a quest for precision.

Design: a new page in an on-going story

More than a change, an evolution. Since its creation in 2002, the Tambour watch has been distinguished by its uniquely shaped case, eight-sided crown and side engraving with the twelve letters of Louis Vuitton. The Tambour eVolution is ushering in a new era of confident modernity. Its lines are edgy, less rounded and highly masculine.

The eight-sided crown has made way for an ergonomic screw crown with nine grooves for enhanced grip. Featuring a Black MMC flat-edged insert with the Monogram logo, this new crown is flanked by a large “V” on the edge of the case, as if Louis Vuitton’s twelve engraved letters had taken flight and merged into a single concentrated letter.

Restrained and competitive, the Tambour eVolution draws on the energy of its dual-material assembly: a steel case and Black MMC bezel or a Black MMC case and pink gold bezel. The highly architectural design offers a rarely equalled feeling of power and technical expertise. Its imposing diameter, 43mm for the GMT three-hand version and 45mm for the GMT chronograph version, underscores this strong identity. This beautiful presence is paired with perfect ergonomics when worn.

The change can also be seen on the dial, in black color. The GMT’s deep red arrow-shaped hand indicating the time in the second time zone adds a bold, instantly visible and energising touch; as does the circular day/night indicator positioned at six o’clock and the wide date window at three o’clock.

Another new feature that highlights its personality: the Tambour eVolution is the first watch from Louis Vuitton created solely with a metal strap.

Technique: performance materialised

The Tambour eVolution is high-tech not only at first glance, but also to its core. The use of Black MMC – a Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) – propels the Tambour eVolution into the world of very high technology. Used primarily in the aerospace industry and the highly competitive world of Formula 1, this composite material presents exceptional hard-wearing and lightweight qualities.

Created using a complex chemical process, Black MMC has been used to manufacture the bezel in the steel version and in the design of the case in the pink gold version. The combination of Black MMC with satin steel or pink gold gives the Tambour eVolution a dual identity combining tradition and modernity.

The Tambour eVolution’s unique technical expertise can also be seen on its dial with three different concentric surface treatments: blueing around the edge, a satin sunray and then a matte opaline finish in the centre. The rhodium-plated and finely polished applied figures and indexes have been subtly designed at a diagonal seven-degree angle to optimally capture the light. This dial is also visible through a double-sided anti-reflective sapphire glass.

In terms of calibre, the GMT day/night version and the GMT day/night chronograph are respectively fitted with LV71 and LV92 movements. These two high-precision self-winding mechanical Manufacture movements have a 42-hour power reserve and beat at a rate of 28,800 oscillations per hour. The oscillating weight with the Louis Vuitton signature that can be seen through the transparent back is cut out to reveal the LV logo .

Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution GMT Steel

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This version is 43mm in diameter crafted entirely from steel – from the case to the bracelet. The steel case comes with a Black MMC bezel and crown insert. Inside, the face features a black dial with applied figures and indexes. The timepiece uses LV71 calibre automatic movement with oscillating weight featuring the LV logo which oscillates 28,800 times per hour. Day/night indicator and date are part of its GMT function. Finally, the watch has a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 meters. 25 rubies and a transparent back complete the look.

Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution GMT Steel is available in select Louis Vuitton stores forUS$8350.

Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution GMT Chronograph Steel

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This chronograph version is a bit larger in diameter than the GMT version at 45mm. Its crafted entirely from steel, from the case to the bracelet. The steel case comes with a Black MMC bezel and crown insert. Inside, the face features a black dial with applied figures and indexes. The timepiece uses LV92 calibre automatic movement with oscillating weight featuring the LV logo which oscillates 28,800 times per hour. Its has both chronograph and GMT functions with date and day/night indicator. Finally, the watch has a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 meters. 25 rubies and a transparent back complete the look.

Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution GMT Steel is available in select Louis Vuitton stores forUS$11,000.

Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution GMT Chronograph Pink Gold

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A more luxurious option, this timepiece is crafted entirely from 18-karat pink gold – from the case’s bezel, horns, crown and push buttons to its applied figures and indexes on the face, and lastly the bracelet. The watch uses LV92 calibre automatic movement with oscillating weight featuring the LV logo which oscillates 28,800 times per hour. Its has both chronograph and GMT functions with date and day/night indicator. Finally, the watch has a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100 meters. 25 rubies and a transparent back complete the look.

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Regatta

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In 2010, Louis Vuitton offered a novel way of reading the time with the Tambour Spin Time collection. Its secret: the hours are revealed by cubes which rotated simultaneously to show either a neutral or numbered face.

Building on this now iconic movement, Louis Vuitton is developing a timepiece with a new reference dedicated to Regattas: the Tambour Spin Time Regatta.

A few Regatta rules

Great importance has always been given to the time which precedes the start of a Regatta race. Before the start of the Regatta, a time period set by the organiser of the event allows the skippers and crew to position themselves as best possible on the starting line – called the Lay Line – depending on the wind and forces present.

For a long time, the countdown chosen for major challenges such as the America’s Cup was ten minutes. However, the arrival of sport catamarans with AC45 wing sails has allowed the development of those challenges, making them both more dynamic and more spectacular, and thereby encouraging the public to become actively involved in the event. These highly manœuvrable boats will be replaced by even more impressive AC72 Catamarans in 2013 for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup.

The race rules are now as follows: five minutes before the start, the crews are alerted with a first signal; the countdown begins. Two minutes before the start, another signal means that they can enter the starting zone – this is when they must manage their speed, ideally crossing the line at full speed, just after the starting “cannon fire”. Boats crossing the line too early are penalised.

Tambour Spin Time Regatta

A distinctly nautical example of pure watchmaking, the Tambour Spin Time Regatta is set in a white gold case with an alligator strap and features a red push button to activate the Regatta complication, positioned at 8 o’clock.

Once on board, a simple push of the button and the “Chrono” indication that appears in the 12 o’clock aperture disappears to be replaced by the word “Régate”. At the same time, the chronograph’s 30-minute counter will leap forward and move to the 5-minute countdown displayed in red in the counter. This way the minutes before departure are taken into account in the final measured time.

As if by magic, five cubes on the right of the dial will begin to spin from blue to red, each indicating the elapsing countdown. This unprecedented and first-class complication developed by the Maison Louis Vuitton’s watchmakers will help skippers, in the heat of the action, to keep time of the five minutes before the race and the minutes remaining before they must cross the starting line.

A glimpse of the chronograph’s complication can be partially viewed through the blue-toned sapphire dial, subtly revealing its incredible sophistication. The watch designers’ quest to tame time has led them to create a sophisticated mechanism capable of giving density to minutes, which always seem to stand still when the countdown is on.

Tambour Spin Time Regatta is available at Louis Vuitton for approx. US$60,000.

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Tambour Spin Time Regatta technical details:

  • Extra-large Tambour (45.5mm)
  • White gold case
  • Blue sapphire dial, Louis Vuitton Cup logo
  • Alligator strap
  • Watertight to 100m
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • Functions: chronograph and Regatta (5-min countdown display)
  • Automatic Movement, LV 156 Calibre, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
  • 48-hr power reserve

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