Watches: Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver
The best thing about this watch: The traditional diver’s watch gets a touch of Louis Vuitton high fashion.
Backstory: While the world of watches and shows of Watches & Wonder is dominated by Rolex, Jaeger LeCoultres, and Patek Philippes from the world, luxury timepieces are not just the domain of traditional Swiss homes. Since 2002, Louis Vuitton has been in the game of luxury watches with its round Tambour model. This year, the model has been changed to the so-called Street Diver brand. The result is an oversized watch with a concave dial design and the brand name printed along the outer ring. This watch comes in neon yellow, bronze, white, and bright bright blue. This is a traditional diver’s watch – remade for an underwater film version Tron.
These watches are important in the world of watches because: This is another sign that watches are increasingly becoming a concern for the mansions of high fashion. While most collectors are very church-and-state about who makes their clothes and who makes their watches, brands like Louis Vuitton make a strong case for dispelling that prejudice. Outside Tambour Street Diver, one of the busiest pieces to come out of Watches & Wonders is the safari-ready H08 watch from Hermès. Dolce & Gabbana, meanwhile, maintains a line of handcrafted watches that are allegedly outrageous chronograph and Lots diamond. Ralph Lauren now uses his iconic pony logo on the watch as well Nor was this watch a luxury fashion of the past – it was all blinking and without materials. Watches like Tambour and those from other fashion brands now use real-life movements and emphasize technical details that collectors love. It is not difficult to diagnose the reason for the interest these brands have in watches, as the industry continues to explode. Louis Vuitton has seen first-hand how much people love watches: Abloh himself was a very large and influential collector.
Who needs diving? The Tambour Street Diver is a good reminder that everything that makes a diver’s watch useful is also what makes it so stylish. A round and soft hour index, a readable dial, and a rotating bezel are all necessary for a true diver, but are also a welcome aesthetic touch. Even the luminous Super-LumiNova applied to Tambour – designed to make the watch easier to read underwater – only serves to accent the work that is much more pleasing to the eye.
Where and when to buy it: The Tambour Street Diver (prices from $ 7.505 to $ 16,910) is available at The current Louis Vuitton website.