Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour watch oozes nostalgic sartorial elegance

Louis Vuitton revived their popular Tambour watch with an innovative design and avant-garde materials.

July 11, 2023: Louis Vuitton’s Tambour watch got its much-needed upgrade and has finally presented itself in all its glory. The first Tambour watch launched in 2002 with an easily recognizable, beautifully finished drum-shaped case. 

Louis Vuitton Tambour

Emancipated and elegant, the Tambour watch had a round case with curved sides, marked with the 12 letters ‘Louis Vuitton’. All these features are still maintained in the reimagined version. Sophisticated detailing and soft lines around the androgynous 40mm diameter and an 8.3mm thick case amped up the new watch. A novel slim bracelet with curved links provides a cozy fit on the wrist to rival the softest leather strap.

The all-new Tambour is the only truly round watch with an integrated bracelet since the band blends into the case without any lugs. The bracelet's sleek design is completed by an invisible closure made possible by a triple-blade folding buckle, which can only be identified through subtle cues such as the engraved Louis Vuitton on the end link and the absence of the polished central link that usually divides each brushed link from the one before it. 

Louis Vuitton Tambour watch

The new Tambour is entirely legible in low light owing to the Super-LumiNova-filled hands and gold indexes, which have been diamond polished to enhance their interaction with light. The watch's center brushed dial part has the words "Louis Vuitton Paris" etched on it as a reminder of Maison's Parisian founding in 1854.

Jean Arnault, Watch Director at Louis Vuitton, says, “After twenty years of audacious watchmaking design based on the renowned Tambour shape, and with the same quest for modernity, elegance, and functionality that the Maison has been built on for more than 160 years, Louis Vuitton elevates its watch offer with an unprecedented level of sophistication, on each and every element of the new watch.”

Louis Vuitton Tambour watch

Available in grey and blue dials, the watch is water resistant to 50 metres.

- By Pritha Debroy

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