By Olivia Cuccaro
The worlds of fashion and technology collide once again in the latest timepiece from Louis Vuitton. Devised in Paris, the watch’s Swiss-manufactured case houses technology developed in California’s Silicon Valley for a timepiece that can be used around the world. Running on an Android operating system, the Tambour Horizon wristwatch has joined the Louis Vuitton collection to embrace contemporary design and smart features for the modern traveler.
With the first Tambour released in 2002, Louis Vuitton’s newest addition is the result of a collaboration with Google and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to create a compact watch (42mm) with a tech edge. The “My Flight” feature keeps wearers abreast of their flight times, gate and terminal information, reports delays and shows a countdown to landing. The second exclusive feature, “City Guide,” extends the existing Louis Vuitton travel app to the smartwatch to indicate restaurants, hotels, historical landmarks and attractions via geolocation. A GMT watch function provided by the 24-hour display on the rim of the dial can display the name of a major world city and make the corresponding time appear in the time zone of their choice.
Available in three case sizes, the Tambour Horizon is easily customizable with its introduction of 30 interchangeable straps for men and another 30 for women. Even more straps are to be released from classic Louis Vuitton damier and monogram canvas to alligator and new leathers to match the leather goods collection. Designed to fit any Tambour, those who already own one of Louis Vuitton’s beloved watches can now choose from the array of straps regardless of the model or diameter of their Tambour timepiece.