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Louis Vuitton’s newest smartwatch is a colourful ticker with tons of glyphs

A subtle smartwatch might go unnoticed in the office, but it takes a bolder timepiece to stand out among the fashionistas. Do you want connected wristwatches that are guaranteed to turn heads? The latest ticker from Louis Vuitton will light up any salon.

Designed like a deconstructed kaleidoscope, the Tambour Horizon Light Up features a ring of 24 illuminated motifs around the 1.2-inch touchscreen. Powered by LEDs, these glowing glyphs glow brightly when you receive a message. Which could often be the case once word of the resulting luminescence gets around.

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Not dynamic enough? The always-on AMOLED display can be configured with eight dial plans, each reflecting design elements from the French fashion house’s illustrious history. The wearer can also choose from 11 color gradients via the partner app. On-screen animations will adapt to the hues chosen, with LV rolling out themed holiday graphics throughout the year.

The edgeless facade with sapphire crystal benefits from a curved profile that wraps around to seamlessly meet the stainless steel shell of the 44mm case. A monogrammed rotating crown sits on the right, with mechanical buttons at the top and bottom – a first for any Louis Vuitton smartwatch. The top tapper controls face configurations, while the bottom acts as a custom shortcut.

Powered by a Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor, the Tambour’s software is bespoke. Having abandoned Wear OS (and associated benefits like Google Pay), LV’s proprietary user interface remains compatible with Android, as well as Huawei’s iOS and HarmonyOS 2.0+. It promises intuitive swipe navigation as well as feature-rich personalization – including a “My Travel” element that provides curated city guides.

Even with its radiant array, LV expects the Tambour Horizon Light Up to pack an “all-day battery.” It’s also water-resistant to 30m. Which, given the €2550 asking price, will presumably be a claim tested exclusively on the French Riviera.

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