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Celestial Elegance: Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Moon

By Sinéad Tan

Louis VuittonFrom left: Tambour Moon GMT in black steel and pink gold; Tambour Moon Star Seconde White.

Louis Vuitton made its first foray into the world of luxury timepieces with the French house’s 2002 creation, the Tambour watch. Fifteen years on, a new version has been added to the stable of Tambour variations for both men and women. The Tambour Moon collection features a watch face with a unique inward curve, forming the crescent-shaped profile from which the range draws its name. The concave design plays with light, shadow and reflection, giving rise to captivating visual effects.

The Tambour Moon Star model from the women’s collection is the very picture of feminine charm, paying homage to one of the fashion house’s beloved symbols. In place of the second hand is a moving Monogram Flower in metallic pink-gold, a key Louis Vuitton motif that has been reimagined on bags and in jewellery over the years. A precious version of the watch is available, appointed with exquisite diamond-set horns, diamond hour markers, and an ornate mother-of-pearl dial.

In a first for Louis Vuitton, interchangeable straps have been introduced, with over thirty possible combinations in a variety of colours and materials. The straps make use of a proprietary new system that does not require the use of any tools and that allows the straps to be compatible with all pieces in the Tambour collection to date, regardless of model or diameter. Watch owners can personalise their timepieces according to their mood, with fabrics such as leather, rubber and alligator to choose from. A strap in the house’s signature Damier or Monogram canvas patterns can add sophistication to the wearer’s look, but can also be easily changed out for an extravagant strap made from an exotic skin, or for a durable and athletic rubber strap.

The variety of watch strap styles can transform the appearance of the timepiece and instantly update the wearer’s outfit for different occasions. In a similar spirit of versatility, the Tambour is an icon that has been reinvented multiple times over the years while retaining its classic charm and desirability.

The Tambour Moon collection will be available in-store at Louis Vuitton boutiques from July 2017 onward.