A new Moon is rising at Louis Vuitton

Drumming to the beat of personalisation, Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour Moon collection is now available with interchangeable straps.

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon GMT Black watch in steel and pink gold

Louis Vuitton expands its Tambour family with the new Tambour Moon line for men and women, and opens the door to customisation thanks to a new interchangeable strap system that is compatible with all Tambour watches, past and present.

A drum roll for 15 years of resounding Tambour success

Created in 2002, the Tambour marked Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking debut and has appeared in countless guises over the years. Mechanical complications like chronographs, regatta timers, tourbillons, minute repeaters, mysterious movements and the famous Spin Time have all been incorporated in the round case of the Tambour, along with high jewellery models. French for ‘drum’, the Tambour watch is distinguished by its rotundity and the generous edge of the case where the 12 Louis Vuitton letters are engraved.

Faithful to its drum-shaped case, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon features a new crescent-shaped silhouette. A subtle design tweak, the concave depression on the dial area adds volume and depth.

A GMT watch for Louis Vuitton’s eternal spirit of wanderlust

For a brand that built its reputation on trunks, travel is a recurring theme at Louis Vuitton, and the Tambour Moon model for men, above, comes with a practical GMT function allowing travellers to consult the time in two different places simultaneously.

The two-tone version in steel and the limited-edition pink gold model accentuate the sensation of depth with their sloping black flanges and applied rose gold numerals. The dial, decorated with a black rice grain pattern reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s famous Damier Graphite canvas, highlights the GMT function, with a lacquered hand, shaped like a ‘V’ in honour of the iconic LV monogram, coloured the same yellow as the iconic Tambour watch, which echoes the waxed thread on Louis Vuitton’s bags.

Tambour Moon GMT black, steel and pink gold watch
The two-tone version in steel and pink gold of the Tambour Moon highlights the GMT function with a zesty yellow lacquered hand shaped like a ‘V’ in honour of the iconic LV monogram (£7,335).

Capturing the moment: Tambour Moon Chronograph

Chronographs are the very definition of a sports watch. The new Tambour Moon Chronograph displays Louis Vuitton iconography throughout. Like the GMT model, this 44mm chronograph features the weave of Damier Graphite canvas on the indented dial and yellow accents to highlight the chronograph functions. 

Tambour Moon Chronograph Black watch
The new Tambour Moon Chronograph displays Louis Vuitton iconography throughout and features the weave of Damier Graphite canvas on the indented dial with yellow accents to highlight the chronograph functions (£5,235).

Three women’s versions of the Tambour Moon Star Chronograph with a black, white or mother-of-pearl dial form part of the new collection. The Maison’s hallmark star-shaped flower – the ubiquitous design that appears on the LV Monogram – was dreamed up by Louis Vuitton’s son Georges Vuitton in 1896 to brand his luggage business. Placed at 6 o’clock, the pink gold flower adds a touch of femininity to this new Tambour watch.

Tambour Moon Star Chronograph White watch with mother-of-pearl and diamonds
The women’s Tambour Moon Star Chronograph with a white mother-of-pearl dial and diamonds features the star-shaped Louis Vuitton flower at 6 o’clock (£6,535).

In addition to the women’s chronograph, the Tambour Moon Star watch, below, available in black and white models, uses the iconic pink gold flower motif at 6 o’clock, which doubles up as a small seconds, completing a full rotation every 60 seconds.

Tambour Moon Star Second White watch
The Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Star watch for women uses the Maison’s iconic flower as a small seconds indicator, completing a full rotation every 60 seconds (£2,515).

The choice is yours

The current trend for interchangeable watch straps is now a reality for all Tambour watch models – including the Tambour Slim – allowing owners to choose from a wide selection of straps made from leather, alligator, rubber and other iconic Louis Vuitton fabrics, including Monogram and Damier canvas. Developed by Louis Vuitton’s R&D department, the patented strap-changing system means that no tools are required except, of course, for a touch of imagination and style to endow your Tambour with as many different personalities as you like. 

Developed by Louis Vuitton’s R&D department, the patented strap-changing system means that no tools are required except, of course, for a touch of imagination.

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