Having founded their watch department a scant 15 years ago, Louis Vuitton is considered a young upstart in the world of luxury timepieces—not a position the brand finds itself in very often. But their youth in this respect is a refreshing asset, one backed up by no lack of resources. Unlike many august horology houses that are often bound by the design codes dictated by their heritage, Louis Vuitton's watch department is able to carve out its own codes as it goes along.
Now, 15 years after the launch of their first watch, the Tambour, the brand is re-shaping its beginnings by revamping that primary creation. The result—a curvy piece of wrist candy called the Tambour Moon.
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Following its predecessor, the Tambour Moon has retained its characteristic thick round case. But while the Tambour is shaped like a flattened drum with gently convex sides, the Tambour Moon has sharply concaved sides that resemble the crescent shape of a slender moon—hence its name.
The new iteration is a distinctly contemporary design that reflects Louis Vuitton's youth and daring as a watch house, and this curvaceous design would likely find no better home.
The Tambour Moon's newfound curves reflect light from every angle, and certainly makes for an attractive piece of wrist candy. It comes in three different iterations, one each intended for men, women, and hardcore watch fans.
The women's version is called the Moon Star, and is available in polished steel with a white or black dial, or (our favourite) with a mother-of-pearl dial, diamond hour markers, and diamond-set lugs. It comes in three different sizes, 28mm, 35mm and 39.5mm. The latter two models are available with chronographs, and all three are powered by a quartz movement.
The men's collection has two different pieces—the first a 44mm chronograph that houses a self-winding movement. The second is a 41.5mm GMT watch that echoes Louis Vuitton's globetrotting roots. It is available in satin-brushed steel, or two-tone brushed steel and pink gold. The style-conscious will also love the fact that Louis Vuitton has introduced completely interchangeable straps for every model. Straps come in every single leather that Louis Vuitton makes for its bags, and can be changed with a simple push of a button.
The final piece in the Tambour Moon collection is the one that will most interest mechanical watch enthusiasts. Its name, the Tambour Moon Tourbillon Volant "Poinçon de Genève" should already tell you the most important thing about it—it has a flying tourbillon complication stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal, and therefore conforms to its exacting specifications on provenance and hand-finishing.
It is powered by the manual-winding LV97 calibre, which was designed in-house at Louis Vutton's new manufacture, founded in 2014. It is only the second watch ever made by Vuitton that has achieved the Geneva Seal, and its very existence demonstrates the brand's dedication to serious horology.
We're heartened by the progress that Louis Vuitton has made with its watches, and its Tambour Moon collection marks a milestone on its path to establishing itself as a big contender in the watch world. And of course, if you're looking for a curvy new piece of arm candy, you now know where to look.