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Twenty years ago, Louis Vuitton boldly ventured into the world of watchmaking with the unveiling of the Tambour watch. Since, the Maison has dreamt up a growing collection of innovative timepieces driven by unparalleled creativity, savoir-faire, and craftsmanship.

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In 2002, the Maison unveiled a watch like none other: the Tambour. Bold and innovative, it was recognisable at a glance with its unprecedented shape, its round case sculpted from a block of metal, and its signature applied horns. There was a new watch in town... This launch opened up the doors to the closed world of watchmaking for Louis Vuitton.

Pushing the boundaries

Having become a symbol of Louis Vuitton’s watch collection over the years, the Tambour has seen different expressions over time, all the while staying true to the Maison’s DNA: a devotion to the Art of Travel and bold creativity that combines technological innovation with exceptional craftsmanship. With the Tambour Spin Time in 2009, it even reinvented how time is displayed, with rotating cubes instead of clock hands and indexes. In 2011, La Fabrique du Temps in Geneva and its master watchmakers, Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini, joined Louis Vuitton’s adventure to create some truly exceptional timepieces.

Launched in 2014, the Tambour Evolution bore strong, masculine lines with its 45 mm diameter case, whereas the 2016 Tambour Slim, in a Tourbillon version, appeared sleek and discrete on the wrist. With the Tambour Moon model launched in 2017, the Tambour kept its signature round case while reversing its caseband’s curve. Then, in 2020, the Tambour Curve quite literally pushed the boundaries of timekeeping, with its titanium and Carbostratum ® case; its surprisingly elongated convex curve, and its phenomenal flying tourbillon calibre, stamped with the prestigious Geneva Seal (Poinçon de Genève) – a perfect match between high-complication movement and bold creativity.

In 2021, the Tambour Carpe Diem received the Audacity Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, while the Tambour Street won the Diver’s Watch Prize. Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking has also been closely linked to the connected watch. With this technology, the future is now. In 2022, the Maison has already unveiled the 3rd generation of its Tambour Horizon Light Up model. This connected watch is simply revolutionary. Not only is it bright, travel-friendly and playful, but it is also entirely customisable, thus staying true to the Maison’s DNA.

In just two decades, Louis Vuitton has proven its legitimacy on the watchmaking scene. Over the years, the Tambour’s timeless and iconic stylistic signature has combined with all kinds of watches, from the more classic types to the most complex movements. Depending on the wearer’s wishes, it has been masculine, feminine, GMT, diver-friendly, and has even equipped itself with a flying tourbillon and a minute repeater, bearing witness to the high-end watchmaking expertise of Louis Vuitton's artisans.

2002
Launch of the Tambour, Louis Vuitton’s first watch.
2009
Launch of the Spin Time movement, the first movement entirely developed and assembled by Louis Vuitton, with an exclusive and innovative time display.
2014
Inauguration of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and launch of the Escale Worldtime watch.
2016
Award of the Geneva Hallmark and launch of the Voyager Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève”.
2019
10 years of the Spin Time movement are celebrated with the launch of the Tambour Spin Time Air collection.
2021
The Tambour Street Diver and the Tambour Carpe Diem were respectively awarded the top prizes in the Dive Watch and Audacity categories at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Philosophy

True to its heritage, Louis Vuitton continually seeks to master traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques, push the boundaries and give free rein to innovation and the spirit of creation. The watchmakers of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton are driven by a pursuit of excellence that impels them to perfect existing functions, suggest new ways of telling the time, and venture off the beaten track, laying the foundations of tomorrow’s watchmaking, for the benefit of seasoned travellers and lovers of fine watchmaking alike.

 

Collections

Tambour

An instant icon with its unconventional drum-inspired case, the Tambour is emblematic of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking and has inspired a variety of successors that all share its pure and robust design.

Escale Spin Time

Inspired by the Maison’s trunkmaking origins, the design of the Escale watch’s case is shaped like a miniature trunk that protects its patented Spin Time movement. This Louis Vuitton exclusive complication represents an entirely novel way of telling time: instead of the hour hand, independently rotating cubes display the hour.

Trunk Table Clock

In the spirit of Louis Vuitton’s legendary Art of Travel, this table clock takes a traditional functionality and places it within the Maison’s most iconic creation, the trunk. 

High Watchmaking

Pursuing a continual quest for excellence in the art of high-end watchmaking, Louis Vuitton continually presents exceptional, one-of-a-kind timepieces at the pinnacle of savoir-faire and creativity.

Watches

From trunks to the tambour

Luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton is renowned above all for its famous trunks that have stood the test of time for many a globetrotter and whose monogram logo has become a design theme throughout the brand's product range. Building on its globetrotting heritage, Louis Vuitton keeps a strong link with the world of the voyager in many of the luxury brand's accessories for men and women. These include watches and jewelry for men and women, such as the tambour watch with its distinctive concave case.

High-end watchmaking

Through its acquisition of La Fabrique du Temps in Geneva from watchmakers Michael Navas and Enrico Barbasini, Louis Vuitton acquired the expertise needed to produce the finest horological masterpieces and to certify its watches with the prestigious Geneva Hallmark quality seal. One of the best examples of this is the Tambour Moon Mystérieuse flying tourbillon, which takes transparency to the extreme, leaving the bare minimum of flying tourbillon and mainspring barrel visible beneath a transparent sapphire crystal.

Tambour Horizon - Louis Vuitton's take on the smartwatch

A number of luxury and fashion brands took up the challenge of competing with the Apple Watch by launching their own luxury versions of the smartwatch powered by Android. Louis Vuitton's smartwatch is called the Tambour Horizon and is available as a connected watch running on the Android operating system with models available for both men and women. It's the perfect watch to wear while travelling thanks to the unique features developed by the brand that are aimed at the globetrotter, including the Louis Vuitton city guides application that can be synced with Android Wear. The Tambour Horizon is available in different case versions in stainless steel or DLC black steel and with dials that evoke familiar Louis Vuitton watch models such as the Regatta and Spin Time complications, as well as a strap with the unmistakable monogram. All models are available in the same 42mm Tambour Horizon case size.

Jewelry - the perfect accessories for your watch

More of interest no doubt for women than for men, Louis Vuitton offers an extensive range of jewelry that comprises seven different collections of rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, charms, engagement rings and wedding bands. The jewelry is produced in yellow, rose and white gold and is optionally set with diamonds. In some cases the watch designs have been inspired by the jewelry collection and vice versa.

The monobrand retail model

Louis Vuitton watches are sold in the familiar brand environment, which is found only in the brand's own stores around the world. The watches are thus displayed alongside the fashion accessories, clothes and bags for which Louis Vuitton is famous, and thus help to give you ideas of what to wear with your watch. It also gives you the guarantee of quality: safe in the knowledge that Louis Vuitton watches are not sold anywhere else, there is never any concern about authenticity.