When Louis Vuitton released their first smartwatch earlier this summer, it was notable for being a tech-enhanced watch that didn’t look like one. In fact, it fit seamlessly into the French brand’s beloved Tambour range of watches (so much so that the watch’s straps could be interchanged with any timepiece from the line). It was a reminder of Vuitton’s power in the fashion brand watch game, something that’s reinforced even more with the release of their latest offering, the Tambour All Black Chronograph.
The name gives it away, but this monochromatic stunner is a blacked-out iteration of the brand’s familiar silhouette. But just because it’s executed in a single color doesn’t mean its basic. True to Vuitton form, this timepiece is packed with details and considered touches that make it feel worth its four-figure price tag. There’s an interplay of matte and shine finishes throughout (see: the PVD-coated stainless case, the clean dial, the DLC-coated buckle, the rubber-coated crown, and alligator strap) that makes the watch interesting at every angle. A tonal charcoal “V” cuts down the center of the dial, a touch that’s graphic and cool and also branded in the best kind of way (same goes for the brand’s name stamped around the perimeter of the case). The three chronograph sub-dials don’t interrupt the design as much as seamlessly blend into it, complementing the other quiet contrasts on the face, like the streamlined indices and date window. It’s a watch as stealthy and sleek as the Batmobile, but one you can wear on your wrist.
Like other timepieces in the Louis Vuitton Tambour lineup, you can change up the strap on this watch with one of the dozens of others L.V. offers. Only unlike the rest of the Tambour lineup, there’s nothing sporty or attention-grabbing about this watch. It’s the kind of wrist wear that gets more interesting the more you wear it, which, for our money, is one worth the investment.