Louis Vuitton redesigns its Tambour model, the model that was born in 2002 and which came in a robust drum-shaped case attached to a leather strap now gives way to a thinner and more elegant case (a reduction to almost half of the previous 14mm) and which now comes with an integrated steel bracelet taking on a sportier shape.
The new contemporary version of the Tambour comes with many new features, not only exterior but also interior, being the first Tambour that comes with a manufacture movement and which is chronometer certified.
On the outside, the almost unrecognizable former steel case is now replaced by a slender steel case measuring 40mm in diameter and just 8.3mm thick, thanks to the slim movement measuring just 4.2 inches tall, which, like the blade-shape bracelet, comes with a finishing that alternates between brushed and polished, smooth bezel that in the inclined sandblasted profile is engraved with the 12 letters that compose the brand name “Louis Vuitton”. The crown at 3 o’clock comes with the signature of the brand’s distinctive logo, sapphire glass at the front at the rear and 50m of water resistance.
It is the dials of the two variants, one that comes in blue and the other in grey, that take on most of the protagonism, featuring a layout divided by a round centre that comes with a vertical brushed finish, a small seconds at 6 o’clock with a radial pattern and two outer rings, the first with applied faceted hour markers and Arabic numerals and the second with a minute track. In the centre, we can also find the hour and minute hands, like the Arabic numerals, which are filled with luminescent material to finish the brand’s lettering in white followed by “Paris” at 12 o’clock, and the replacement of the traditional “Swiss Made ” by “Fab. En Suisse” at 6 o’clock.
Inside, you get the new Manufacture Caliber LFT023 with a micro-rotor designed especially for this watch, featuring an accuracy of -4 / +6 seconds per day, operating at 28,800 Vph and offering up to 50 hours of power reserve. If we turn the watch upside down, we can see the new movement which, in addition to the grey bridges decorated with transparent sapphires instead of the “common” rubies you can see the 22k gold micro-rotor.
As already mentioned, the watch is attached to a blade-shaped steel bracelet tapered from 20mm of lugs to 18mm of the “invisible” folding clasp. The bracelet was conceived to be very flexible and comfortable on the wrist and outside of it when handling.
The watch will be available from September 2023 at a price of €19,500, which becomes the brand’s entry-level and which, according to Jean Arnault, will now be aimed at an audience seeking greater watchmaking and not being a limited edition it should not exceed the production of a few hundred per year, also adding that new variants in different materials are coming.
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Brand: Louis Vuitton
Model: Montre Tambour Automatique 40 mm
Reference: W1ST10 (grey), W1ST20 (blue)
Dial: Grey, blue
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 40 mm Diameter, 8.30 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: 50 Meters
Strap: Integrated stainless steel blade-shape bracelet with signed folding clasp
Dimensions: 30.6 mm Diameter, 4.20 mm thickness
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Winding: Automatic with micro-rotor
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vph)
Power Reserve: 50 Hours
Chronometer Certified: Yes, by the Observatoire Chronométrique de Genève
Price: € 19,500
Limited Edition: No
Availability: September 2023