It is well known that very few mechanical dive watches are used for professional diving. They may be used as a backup to a sophisticated electronic gadget, but overall, dive watches are bought because they are particularly tough and they look good. So, what happens when the world’s most valuable luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, gets its hands on a dive watch? Last year we saw the brand’s signature Tambor case transform into the Tambor Street Diver, a compressor-style diver with bold color splashes. To make sure no one gets the wrong idea about this watch or its diving capabilities, Louis Vuitton describes its Tambour Street Diver as “A sporty urban timepiece“. Two new colors – Burning Rock and Urban Green – join the collection today. And if anyone’s been humming and hawing, suffice it to say that the Tambor Street Diver Skyline Blue took home the prestigious GPHG Diver’s Watch Prize in 2021.
Released in 2002, the Tambor marked Louis Vuitton’s first foray into the high seas of mechanical watchmaking. Immediately recognizable thanks to its unusual drum-shaped case, the Tambor’s generous dimensions ensure plenty of space for branding, but also for high-end complications such as the impressive Spin Time by La Fabrique du Temps (owned by LV since 2011) or the recent Tambor Twenty Chronograph.
Burning Rock & Urban Green
The Tambor Street Diver fills a gap in the Tambor portfolio for a robust, high-end sporty watch with sufficient water-resistance (100m) for recreational dives. Measuring 44mm across, the drum-shaped stainless steel case is fitted with two screw-down crowns at 3 o’clock and 1.30. A crown with the LV monogram at 3 o’clock is used to set the time, and a second crown with a diver’s silhouette in orange or green is used to change the 15-minute dive bezel on the edge of the dial (where green or orange is selected). Instead of the traditional luminous dot at noon, Tambor uses the letter ‘V’. When the other ‘V’ on the tip of the minute hand are aligned, they form an ‘X’, indicating the start of a dive or the time of your soft-boiled egg.
Unlike most Tambor cases, the thick caseband displays a sporty brushed finish, and the letters that make up the Louis Vuitton name are etched into the polished band and are either green or orange on the sides of the bezel.
Beneath a thick beveled bezel with diving scale and minutes, olive green and bright orange dials feature chunky round and rectangular indices filled with Super-LumiNova. The hour and minute hands are partially skeletonized and their tips are filled with loom. In contrast, the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock has a silver frame and a black snail background that travels with a thick bar at one angle. The bar is, in fact, a reference to the alpha flag or the ‘diver down’ signal to indicate a diver in the water.
Presented with an Urban Green or Burning Rock Orange rubber strap, the brand name is also emblazoned in bold black letters on the central band.
Powered by an ETA 2895-2 automatic movement, the caseback features a sapphire crystal porthole with the LV monogram and the rotor is fully personalized with the LV monogram and brand name. Beating at 28,800vph, the movement powers the hours, minutes and small seconds for 42h.
Louis Vuitton Tambor Street Diver in Burning Rock or Urban Green EUR 4,570, It is slightly cheaper than the first batch. For more information, please visit louisvuitton.com.