Louis Vuitton’s first ever smartwatch was conceived in Paris, has a case made at its manufacturer in Switzerland, and deploys technology developed in California’s Silicon Valley – and for the very first time can be used right across the globe, including China. Working closely with Google and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon combines all the technical capacity of a ‘smartwatch’ with the elegance and grace of a Tambour – the iconic watch that began Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking story in 2002.
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At just 42mm, the case is exceptionally compact for a connected watch, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform. A perfect circle it features the distinctive concave bezel of the Tambour Moon design, and is available in Graphite, Monogram or Black. Wearers can choose between 60 readily detachable straps – 30 created for men, 30 for women – allowing the Tambour Horizon to adapt to any occasion.
The watch’s Android Wear 2.0 enables the creative journey to continue on the wrist – affording wearers the opportunity to achieve a degree of personalisation unique in the luxury watch world. The wearer can customise a multitude of watch-faces, which, while true to the signature elements of the Maison, are entirely personal to them. Moreover, Louis Vuitton has always had strong ties with the world of travel and the Tambour Horizon smartwatch is no exception, having been fitted with exclusive dedicated functions.
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“My Flight”, which is not available on any other smartwatch, keeps departing travellers informed of their flight times, terminal and gate information, reports of delays, the number of hours remaining before landing, etc. “City Guide”, extends to the smartwatch the services of the guides edited by Louis Vuitton and their apps for tablets and smartphones. The very best addresses and unmissable sights of seven of the most visited cities in the world are revealed on the Tambour Horizon’s touch screen. Finally, there’s the “GMT” watch function provided by the 24-hour display on the rim of the dial. With a simple manoeuvre, one can display the name of a major world city and make the corresponding time appear in the time zone of their choice, in a reference to the Escale watch with its 24 time zones.
The Tambour Horizon also cultivates all the practical potential one would expect from a smartwatch: a choice of dials adopting the visual codes of emblematic Louis Vuitton models (GMT, chronograph, Escale, etc.); notification of phone calls, text messages and emails; alarm; countdown timer; weather report; step counter, etc.
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