LOUIS VUITTON : fifteen years, from convex to concave

Tambour Moon GMT

CASE : stainless steel with lugs and crown in 18K pink gold, concave profile, solid back, water-resistant to 50m

DIAMETER : 41.5mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (ETA caliber, 42h power reserve)

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT with oversized yellow V indicator

DIAL : central rice-grain motif inspired by the Damier Graphite canvas, hour-markers and GMT scale in pink gold

STRAP : patented tool-free interchangeability system, 100 references, stainless steel pin buckle

Launched 15 years ago, the Tambour collection has maintained the original shape of its case – based on the simple and powerful concept of a drum, a first in the watch industry – that still makes it one of the rare bezel-free watches. Louis Vuitton celebrates this anniversary by adding an extra chapter to this line (which remains in place) with a complete new collection, the Tambour Moon. Don’t expect a moon phase, as its name stems from the profile of the case, which has switched from convex on the original collection to concave for the new model. This results in a broader opening, while creating a slimmer visual impression. While we are presenting the Tambour Moon GMT here, there are in fact 12 references that can be discovered as of July in Louis Vuitton boutiques (and as of now on worldtempus.com) : for women, men, mixed, in four colors and sizes from 28 to 44mm, including a Fine Watchmaking model with an innovative design bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. This new highly contemporary profile and the pure, restrained design of the Tambour Moon are firmly propelling the collection onwards and upwards. In parallel, Louis Vuitton is accompanying this launch in an innovative, practical and client-friendly manner, since customers get to choose from a range of one hundred interchangeable straps. Tools are unnecessary, because these new straps can be secured by means of a patented and invisible hook system linked to a flexible composite blade inserted inside – and all without a price increase. As the cherry on the cake, these straps can also be fitted on previous Tambour models !

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Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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