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Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon: 2019 Edition
Venerable French fashion brand Louis Vuitton recently debuted the second full collection of its Tambour Horizon smartwatch, which first hit shelves in 2017. And while the connected timepieces cleave tightly to their predecessors in the looks department, the new unisex Tambour Horizon boasts all-new insides, in the form of a high-tech Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The upgrade provides longer battery life and a higher-resolution touch screen—both of which elevate the experience of using the smartwatch’s fun (and fancy!) functions.
What it does: The Tambour offers everything you would expect in a high-end smartwatch: Text messages, phone calls, emails, daily steps, alerts, and weather are readily accessible via a no-frills touch screen. But because the Tambour runs on WearOS by Google (formerly Android Wear), wearers can also access Google Assistant, Google Fit, Google Pay, and more through simple swipes.
What we liked: The Tambour was designed with travelers in mind. Its My Travel function gathers trip information (hotel, flight, train, etc.) in one place, while the Agenda tool includes gauges tracking work time versus free time. There’s even a Pollution feature that displays the air quality index and a City Guide function with must-see spots for
30 international destinations.
Best features: The white colorway Tambour Horizon—dubbed the Pure White & Diamonds model—is especially luxe, with a polished ceramic case, pink gold–hued numbers, and a polished steel crown with a white LV logo. To this smart beauty, we say “Oui, oui.” ($2,250–$8,500; louisvuitton.com)
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