Since its creation in 2002, the Louis Vuitton Tambour watch has been distinguished by its uniquely shaped case. In 2013 everything seems to be upside down …
The new Tambour eVolution lines are more edgy, less rounded and more masculine. The eight-sided crown has made way for an ergonomic screw crown with nine grooves for enhanced grip. Featuring a Black MMC flat-edged insert with the Monogram logo, this new crown is flanked by a large “V” on the edge of the case, as if Louis Vuitton’s twelve engraved letters had taken flight and merged into a single concentrated letter. The Tambour eVolution is available in a steel case and with a Black MMC bezel or in a Black MMC case with a pink gold bezel. Two case diameters, 43mm for the GMT three-hand version and 45mm for the GMT chronograph version, underscore its strong identity. The new design achieved with the Tambour eVolution can also be seen on the black color dial. The GMT’s deep red arrow-shaped hand indicating the time in a selected second time zone adds a bold, instantly visible and energizing touch; as does the circular day/night indicator positioned at six o’clock and the wide date window at three o’clock. And another new feature that highlights its personality: the Tambour eVolution is the first watch from Louis Vuitton created solely with a metal strap.
The new Louis Vuitton Tambour Twin Chrono has the ability to simultaneously measure two distinct times and to display the difference between these two measured times – all at once on the same dial. This innovation has been created by the watchmaking workshop of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton Manufacture.
The Tambour Twin Chrono´s innovative character is based on the use of a movement composed of four different calibers, three of which are exclusively dedicated to the bi-chronograph function. The biggest challenge is to ensure perfect synchronization between these calibers, which can simultaneously or consecutively start and stop. Visible through a transparent case back, this inventive mechanism required four years of development. The calibers dedicated to the bi-chronograph function with hand-winding mechanical movement and are wound up using the crown at 4 o’clock (with a boat engraving). The caliber dedicated to the display of hours and minutes is automatic; it is adjusted using the crown at 2 o’clock (with LV engraving).
The entire LV175 Twin Chrono automatic Manufacture caliber is composed of 437 components, two of which play an essential role: the column wheels. The first wheel ensures the control of the minute hand and has a classic design. The second column wheel has a completely unique shape. Situated on the bridge side, it has three different levels that allow starting and stopping each caliber and to control the second-hands reset hammers.
The handling of the watch although is easy thanks to the use of an innovative 4-time single-push button at 7 o’clock which controls all the bi-chronograph functions.
1st push on the single-push button when the race begins… The time-count of the two lower counters starts.
2nd push on the single-push button when the first yacht crosses the finish line… Their race time is shown in minutes (white hand) and seconds (red hand) on the counter at 7 o’clock and whose hands have stopped. The time-count of the counter at 4 o’clock continues and the differential display counter at 12 o’clock starts.
3rd push of the single-push button when the second yacht crosses the finish line… Their race time is displayed on the counter at 4 o’clock and the difference between the two competitors is shown in minutes and seconds on the counter at 12 o’clock. The times are always read intuitively in minutes (white hand) and in seconds (red hand).
4th push on the single-push button resets the counters and the watch is ready to time another race.
Everything just described you will follow on the Grand feu enamel dial of the Tambour Twin Chrono. Designed by Léman Cadrans and hand-made by a master enameller. This traditional technique, mastered by only a few craftsmen in Geneva, displays all the external beauty of the timepiece.
TAMBOUR TWIN CHRONO
Automatic Manufacture movement LV175, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
– 1 patent: single-push bi-chronograph with differential display
– 2 column wheels of which one with three levels –
– 4 balance wheels
– 4 barrels
– 80 rubies
– 35-hour power reserve
– 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
– 6.53 mm thick
– 37 mm diameter
– LV oscillating weight
– 18-carat white gold
– Diameter: 45.5 mm
– Thickness: 14.35 mm
– Large 4-time single-push button at 7 o’clock
– Hours/minutes/seconds winding-crown at 2 o’clock
– Bi-chronograph winding-crown at 4 o’clock
– Transparent back
– Water-resistant: 10 atm
– Guilloché 18-carat white gold
– Translucent blue Grand Feu enamel
– 18-carat white gold hands