French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has launched the Tambour Horizon Light Up, a connected smartwatch with an opulent twist.
To create the new timepiece, Louis Vuitton revamped the original Tambour’s classic silhouette while making it compatible with Horizon’s connectivity. Now, the watch features a curved sapphire glass case designed to appear as if it is flowing over the device’s face.
In addition, the Tambour Horizon Light Up comes equipped with 24 LED lights, which are hidden beneath the classic Louis Vuitton Monogram ring. The lights can be customized by the wearer, depending on their mood.
The new watch comes in three iterations: Polished Steel, Matte Black, and Matte Brown. According to the company, the Matte Brown version was specifically designed to reflect “Maison’s iconic historic codes.”
Every element of the watch has been reimagined, redesigned and re-engineered to deliver a user experience like no other. Right down to a custom-made operating system, the Tambour Horizon Light Up seamlessly joins together the worlds of art and technology while bringing next-chapter luxury and a landmark in the history of high-end connected watches.
While the Tambour Horizon Light Up’s form is new, it is perfectly in line with Louis Vuitton’s design codes, incorporating the brand’s familiar silhouette and convex case profile of the original Tambour watch, as well as keeping the same exquisite level of hand-finishing to the Horizon.
The watch makes a stunning first impression with its beautiful curved sapphire glass, which acts as the watch’s screen. It looks as if it pours over the watch’s edge—an infinity pool merging into a distant horizon. This effect of the watch has the added advantage of making its 44mm case wear much smaller on the wrist.
Over that same smooth edge, there are 24 LED lights behind the signature Louis Vuitton Monogram ring. Whenever the watch is activated or receives a notification, they light up in a dancing kaleidoscope of colours, creating a mesmerising glow-in-the-dark animation.
At the heart of this artful and energising watch is a Louis Vuitton custom-designed new operating system. Developed to deliver a highly intuitive experience, the OS slips easily into your life and encourages you to seize the day.
On the screen, its functions appear through a simple system of swipes. Swiping right brings up ‘My Day’, with agenda, weather, step count, heart rate and even air quality displays. Swipe down and that’s where you’ll find your notifications; up reveals a control panel, from timers and alarms, to music; and left takes you into ‘My Travel’, where you can access travel plans and boarding passes, as well as 30 of Louis Vuitton’s expertly curated City Guides.
Beyond the personalisation options and colourful animations, the watch also comes with impressive specifications Louis Vuitton clients have since come to expect a luxury connected watch. Its internal hardware includes the lightning-quick Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor. And for the very first time, the Tambour Horizon also now features a heart-rate monitor and is water-resistant to 30 metres.
Equipped with an all-day battery, the watch comes in four modes developed to suit different client needs and usage: Blossom, Explorer, Submarine and Saver, which reduce or expand the watch’s animations and also allow you to adapt to your own mood.
The Tambour Horizon Light Up is also the first Louis Vuitton connected watch with push buttons on either side of the crown, which changes the watch dial when rotated.