New Louis Vuitton Tambour redefines the house’s watchmaking

Key brand details characterise the Louis Vuitton Tambour 40mm

Louis Vuitton Tambour silver watch
(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

This summer, the new Louis Vuitton Tambour 40mm redefined the brand’s watchmaking vision, its release timed to follow Pharrell’s celebrated debut as creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear.

The new Louis Vuitton Tambour 40mm

Louis Vuitton Tambour 40mm watch side on

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

Marketing and watch director Jean Arnault has dynamically reimagined the Tambour shape for the watch’s 21st anniversary. He  tells us: 'After 20 years of audacious watchmaking based on the Tambour, Louis Vuitton is elevating its watch offer.' 

The 40mm Tambour is an in-house design from the manufacture La Fabrique Du Temps, and is both a full reset of the LV design language and the base point of a more curated range. Arnault adds: 'With this launch, we seek to open a new chapter in the history of the maison’s watchmaking by creating a watch with strong horological credentials, but identifiably Vuitton.'

Key brand details are recognisable but distilled into a modern, lugless design. The drum shape is pebble-smooth steel, with the brand lettering encircling the bezel. Comfort is key with its 9.7mm thickness, and a striking bracelet.

La Fabrique du Temps has given us grail pieces like the Tambour Curve Flying Tourbillon, but this is elevated everyday wear, with a modern, stepped two-tone dial that makes it stand out. The Tambour’s hand-finished heart is the chronometer-certified LFT023. This calibre is the first proprietary automatic three-hand movement from Louis Vuitton, designed in conjunction with movement specialist Le Cercle des Horlogers.

The intense linear craftsmanship under the sapphire case-back is a particular highlight, as is the solid 22ct gold micro-rotor, which can be viewed with a precious metal version appearing later in 2023.


Thor Svaboe is a seasoned writer on watches, contributing to several UK publications including Oracle Time and GQ while being one of the editors at online magazine Fratello. As the only Norwegian who doesn’t own a pair of skis, he hibernates through the winter months with a finger on the horological pulse, and a penchant for independent watchmaking.