Although Louis Vuitton is best known for its handbags, for the past few years the French fashion house has been making a steadily compelling push into horology. After the first Louis Vuitton automatic chronograph Tachymeter launched in 2011, the famous Parisian company is continuing to explore the automobile world. This year’s model is available in limited editions of 888 pieces in stainless steel and 88 specimens in rose gold.
The new Louis Vuitton Voyagez Tambour Chronograph Edition II wristwatch is housed in a fancy large-sized case with the diameter of 44 mm. On the right side of the case, there is a black rubber-coated screw-in crown and two chronograph push buttons. The Louis Vuitton’s newcomer boasts a triple-circle tachymeter scale, a feature that can be used to calculate average ground speed at a glance.
A Vintage and Contemporary Comes in One
Underneath the front sapphire glass, there is a grey dial inspired by the dashboards of race cars from the seventies and set off with beautiful touches of black, grey and red colors. A small red central hand represents the chronograph’s minute totalizer, while a triple circular tachometric scale allows precise measurement of the average speed traveled over a kilometer.
Here is how it works: to operate this, the wearer simply activates the chronograph’s central hand over a distance of a kilometer. Once stopped, it will indicate on the tachometric scale the average speed at which the kilometer was covered. While the usual tachometric scale do not permit you to calculate average speeds below 60 km/hr (37.28 miles per hour), the new Louis Vuitton’s timepiece features a triple circular tachometric scale which makes it possible to measure lower speeds up to 20 km/hr (12.4 miles per hour).
Its sporty looking dial comprises a small second counter situated at the 3 o’clock position. There is also a small black-on-white date window located at the 6 o’clock position. The hour and minute hands are filled with luminous material for the best visibility.
This year’s edition of the Voyagez Tambour Chronograph II wristwatch is equipped with theLVcaliber 168 automatic movement manufactured in the Dubois-Dépraz Swiss workshops. The impeccable mechanism provides full 42 hours of power reserve when fully charged.
This eye-catching timepiece comes with a perforated calfskin strap, evoking the steering wheel covers of sports cars, with a red calfskin lining.