SMART AND MONOGRAMMED

Louis Vuit­ton makes a bold move into elec­tronic wear­ables.

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Louis Vuit­ton makes a bold move into elec­tronic wear­ables.

Lux­ury brands have at last found their stride in the smart­watch arena. Ear­lier this year, Mont­blanc un­veiled its Sum­mit time­piece, while Tag Heuer re­leased the Con­nected Mod­u­lar 45. Fash­ion house Louis Vuit­ton is en­ter­ing the fray with the Tam­bour Hori­zon, a 42mm wide, 12.5mm thick state­ment piece that takes de­sign cues from ana­logue pre­de­ces­sor Tam­bour Moon.

The watch is far smaller than its con­tem­po­raries and comes with leather watch straps op­tions bear­ing the LV mono­gram. This will ap­peal to in­di­vid­u­als who ap­pre­ci­ate the recog­nis­abil­ity. What’s miss­ing are fea­tures such as NFC pay­ment and heart rate mon­i­tors, by now sta­ples on most wear­ables. In­stead, the fo­cus here is on LV’s her­itage as a trunk maker: The Hori­zon is intended to be an ir­re­place­able travel com­pan­ion.

Once you pair the watch with the LV Pass app on your mo­bile phone, it can pro­vide you with flight up­dates and direc­tions to the right gates and belts at air­ports. LV’s col­lec­tion of City Guides comes pre­loaded on the watch, so you will be alerted to no­table sites, sights and restau­rants in the vicin­ity. All this pres­tige comes with a hefty price tag, with the base model cost­ing up­wards of $3,300 – al­most enough to snag both the Tag Heuer and Mont­blanc watches. Crys­tal Pav­il­ion North, #B1-38 & #B2-36, Ma­rina Bay Sands. Tel: 6738-3888.

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