To celebrate the watch that is considered a trailblazer – the Tambour – La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton has created an exclusive anniversary model: the Tambour Twenty. Limited to 200 pieces, the edition pays homage to the original Tambour. The case, which resembles a drum, creates a symbolic link between music and the rhythm of time.
Over two decades, Louis Vuitton has combined the Tambour’s style signature with numerous types of watches. These include a range of different models and complications, from diving watches to minute repeaters or flying tourbillons with a Geneva seal.
The drum-shaped case
The Tambour Twenty has a drum-shaped case, which gives it a robust and reliable character thanks to its deep, flared shape. The 41.5 mm diameter case features the twelve letters of the name “Louis Vuitton” above the numerals and hour-markers, just like the first Tambour Automatique GMT exactly twenty years ago.
The launch of this watch also marked the opening of the Louis Vuitton workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The polished stainless steel case measures 13.20 mm in height and is only slightly taller than Zenith El Primero models. The limited edition model is water resistant up to 10 bar.
The classic dial
The Tambour Twenty features a brown dial with a sunburst finish. The three subdials and the angled flange are also brown. Silver-coloured hour numerals at 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 o’clock as well as silver-coloured baton-shaped hour markers make the dial easy to read and leave plenty of space for the sub-dials. At 9 o’clock, there is a small seconds display whose hands match the colour of the hour and minute hands.
Contrasting with this, the long yellow central chronograph seconds hand adorns the classic Louis Vuitton brown dial – a nod to the yellow thread used in leatherworking in the past. The yellow hands at 3 and 6 o’clock indicate the elapsed chronograph time up to 30 minutes and 12 hours respectively. Furthermore, a curved inscription in yellow is formed on the lower half. The date window with a black background and white numerals is positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The historical movement
The rotor of the Tambour Twenty is made of 22-carat rose gold and is driven by the automatic LV 227 movement, which is mounted between 31 jewels. The Louis Vuitton calibre is based on Zenith’s El Primero high-frequency movement. The El Primero, meaning “the first”, is a historically significant movement that was launched in 1969 and heralded the era of the first automatic chronograph.
The automatic movement of the Tambour Twenty beats at a frequency of 5 Hz/36,000 vibrations per hour, offers a robust power reserve of 50 hours and is accurate to within a tenth of a second.
Price & Availability
The Tambour Twenty is a limited edition model of 200 pieces that celebrates an important milestone in watchmaking at the Maison Louis Vuitton. Of interest to collectors, the model comes in a timeless box in Louis Vuitton’s signature pattern and a dark brown aligator leather strap. Alternatively, one can opt for a light-coloured leather strap. The price is 14,000 euros including VAT.
|CASE MATERIAL||Stainless steel polished case|
|DIMENSIONS||Diameter: 41.50 mm|
|WATER RESISTANCE||10 bar (~100 m)|
|DIAL||Brown sunray dial with black snailed counters|
|STRAP/BRACELET||Dark brown alligator strap. Alternatively, one can opt for a light-coloured leather strap.|
|POWER RESERVE||50-hours power reserve|
|FREQUENCY||36 000 vibrations per hour|
|FUNCTIONS||High frequency chronograph, date, hours and minutes|
|PRICE||EUR 14.000 – limited to 200 pieces|