Watches & Jewellery

Are you a frequent flyer? Here’s why this smartwatch will help you travel better

Louis Vuitton’s first smartwatch aims to be your personal travel concierge
 

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The French brand doesn’t deviate from its DNA of helping you to travel well, whether it is selling you a duffel or a perfume, or in this case, a timepiece.

Developed together with Google and Qualcomm, and running on Android Wear 2.0, the purpose of the Tambour Horizon is to be with you every step of the way for all your journeys, from the moment you are booked on a flight. It tells you where you can go, where you can stay, and what you can do - even if you have only two hours of playtime.

 

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The “concierge service” kicks in the minute you email your flight details to your dedicated Louis Vuitton email address (yes, this decadence comes with the watch), which in turn transfers that info into your Horizon. Then, for the next however many hours/days/weeks you have before you leave (this depends on your settings), My Flight, a function that tracks your upcoming flight, will update you about it with different coloured rings. Blue = everything’s on schedule; green = it’s time to board; and red = flight’s delayed.

 

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Information from seven of Louis Vuitton’s famous City Guides is also integrated into the smartwatch. When you arrive at your destination, if it happens to be London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Beijing or Sao Paulo, you’ll find all its City Guide details at your fingertips. Horizon’s geolocation function will recommend in real time the best spots near you to see, eat or chill.

From $3,700 for the graphite or Monogram case with rubber strap, or $4,300 for the black case with rubber strap.

 

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What else you need to know:

  • Straps for the Tambour Horizon are interchangeable. The watch’s press lock system enables you to change your strap in 10 seconds with just a push of a button. Once the strap is locked down, even a hard yank won’t undo it.
  • You have 60 strap designs in leather, canvas and rubber to choose from. Thirty for women, and 30 for men. They are $460 - $730 each, and are compatible with all Tambour watches.
  • Unlike other smartwatches that simply let you switch among faces with different styles, the Tambour Horizon’s pre-installed faces are those of the brand’s earlier Tambour wristwatch models.
  • It can be paired with Android and iOS phones.
  • A four-hour charge keeps the watch running for up to 22 hours.
  • It’s water-resistant up to 30m.

 

This story was first published in the September 2017 issue of Her World magazine.

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