Louis Vuitton has been dripping out details about the 2019 edition of its Tambour Horizon smartwatch over the past couple of weeks. We got a bunch of the specs, and now we have the pricing.
Louis Vuitton first confirmed a new watch was coming at the launch of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 3100 processor, which features inside of the second-generation smartwatch. The new watch will once again run on Google's Wear OS operating system.
Then it confirmed the addition of the 3100 processor, which should help the 300mAh battery deliver a day of watch time and up to five additional days when using the Horizon in watch mode. Watch mode is a new feature where the smartwatch only displays the time and offers limited access to its smart features.
Louis Vuitton's new smartwatch looks set to retain the circular look as its predecessor with a choice of two models. The Pure White model features a white polished ceramic 43mm case that measures in at 12.6mm thick. Other design features include a polished steel crown and a black sapphire glass caseback that will of course don the iconic LV logo. There's also a glitzier Pure White & Diamonds version that packs in 34 diamonds
Both are water resistant to up to 30 metres and include interchangeable straps with a stainless steel buckle.
Improvements have apparently been made in the display department though it does appear to feature the same 1.2-inch, 390 x 390 AMOLED touchscreen display as the first watch.
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Looking through the rest of the specs, the luxury Wear watch has 1GB of RAM to accompany that new processor, a microphone to support Google Assistant and NFC to unlock Google Pay contactless payments.
All the usual Wear OS features should be there too, plus Louis Vuitton extras like customizable watch faces including the useful My Travel face and My 24 Hours watch face that can display details such as multiple time zones and even a pollution indicator. There's also the LV City Guide app and a host of iconic Louis Vuitton watch dials.
And now we know about that price. There are four price points. The Monogram Eclipse starts at ¬£2,125, the Matte Black is ¬£2,640, the Monogram Brown is ¬£2,595 and the Pure White is ¬£3,685. The prices also increase or decrease based on your band choice. They're available now on Louis Vuitton's website, but many of them are already out of stock.
We were pretty big fans of the first watch, which got a Highly Commended in the 2017 edition of the Wareable Tech Awards' Smartwatch of the Year category. So we're keen to see just how much better it is with the new improvements.