The first Tambour watch was introduced by Louis Vuitton in 2002. The Louis Vuitton Tambour was inspired by English drums: round case shape with flared sides and lugs-like handles.
Although Louis Vuitton had begun creating watches in 1988, the Tambour was a significant collection. It was the first watch to make its debut since the brand opened its workshops.
Twenty years later, Louis Vuitton has released the Tambour Twenty watch to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The new Tambour Twenty also features an automatic movement, as did the original Tambour. The movement in this watch, however, is a chronograph. There is a 22-karat gold rotor inside the movement, and the watch has a power reserve of 50 hours. In addition, the new watch is larger than the original: the 2003 version measured 39.5mm in diameter, and today’s watch is 41.5mm in diameter.
Additionally, the new piece has a brown-hued sun-brushed dial. A letter opposite each hour marker is engraved with the name Louis Vuitton on the case sides. In addition to being water resistant to 100 meters, the Tambour Twenty’s chronograph measures time to a tenth of a second. A total of 200 pieces will be produced and retail for $17,800 each.