Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Regatta

Jewelry & Watches

In 2010, Louis Vuitton offered a novel way of reading the time with the Tambour Spin Time collection. Its secret: the hours are revealed by cubes which rotated simultaneously to show either a neutral or numbered face.

Building on this now iconic movement, Louis Vuitton is developing a timepiece with a new reference dedicated to Regattas: the Tambour Spin Time Regatta.

A few Regatta rules

Great importance has always been given to the time which precedes the start of a Regatta race. Before the start of the Regatta, a time period set by the organiser of the event allows the skippers and crew to position themselves as best possible on the starting line – called the Lay Line – depending on the wind and forces present.

For a long time, the countdown chosen for major challenges such as the America’s Cup was ten minutes. However, the arrival of sport catamarans with AC45 wing sails has allowed the development of those challenges, making them both more dynamic and more spectacular, and thereby encouraging the public to become actively involved in the event. These highly manœuvrable boats will be replaced by even more impressive AC72 Catamarans in 2013 for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup.

The race rules are now as follows: five minutes before the start, the crews are alerted with a first signal; the countdown begins. Two minutes before the start, another signal means that they can enter the starting zone – this is when they must manage their speed, ideally crossing the line at full speed, just after the starting “cannon fire”. Boats crossing the line too early are penalised.

Tambour Spin Time Regatta

A distinctly nautical example of pure watchmaking, the Tambour Spin Time Regatta is set in a white gold case with an alligator strap and features a red push button to activate the Regatta complication, positioned at 8 o’clock.

Once on board, a simple push of the button and the “Chrono” indication that appears in the 12 o’clock aperture disappears to be replaced by the word “Régate”. At the same time, the chronograph’s 30-minute counter will leap forward and move to the 5-minute countdown displayed in red in the counter. This way the minutes before departure are taken into account in the final measured time.

As if by magic, five cubes on the right of the dial will begin to spin from blue to red, each indicating the elapsing countdown. This unprecedented and first-class complication developed by the Maison Louis Vuitton’s watchmakers will help skippers, in the heat of the action, to keep time of the five minutes before the race and the minutes remaining before they must cross the starting line.

A glimpse of the chronograph’s complication can be partially viewed through the blue-toned sapphire dial, subtly revealing its incredible sophistication. The watch designers’ quest to tame time has led them to create a sophisticated mechanism capable of giving density to minutes, which always seem to stand still when the countdown is on.

Tambour Spin Time Regatta is available at Louis Vuitton for approx. US$60,000.

TB Spin Time Face ModeRegate Louis Vuitton Tambour Spin Time Regatta

Tambour Spin Time Regatta technical details:

  • Extra-large Tambour (45.5mm)
  • White gold case
  • Blue sapphire dial, Louis Vuitton Cup logo
  • Alligator strap
  • Watertight to 100m
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • Functions: chronograph and Regatta (5-min countdown display)
  • Automatic Movement, LV 156 Calibre, La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton
  • 48-hr power reserve

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Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup

Jewelry & Watches

To celebrate the 34th America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton is strengthening its partnership with the legendary regatta as the official timekeeper for all of the World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and of course the America’s Cup, which will take place in 2013 in San Francisco. A milestone event that the Maison is marking with a highly sophisticated, multi-function Tambour Regatta… A watch that has been tailored to the demands of the latest America’s Cup World Series.

Whilst at first glance, this Tambour Regatta seems to share the spirit of the Maison’s regatta watches with its large window divided into several sectors for viewing the progress of the countdown, it turns out to be very different.

The Quartz version offers a regatta function with an audio indicator, whose countdown can be programmed to between one and ten minutes. A first in the sailing world, this is also combined with two other must-have functions at sea; a chronograph and an alarm.

The Automatic version on the other hand is powered by a self-winding mechanical calibre, it offers an unprecedented 5-minute countdown to adhere to the new America’s Cup rules. Once a countdown to 10 minutes, the rules of the Americas Cup allows the defender to change these timings as they wish and for the 34th series the current defender has requested a five minute countdown… A strong and exclusive piece of watchmaking expertise.

Original, design-forward and functional, Tambour Regatta America’s Cup is available in Louis Vuitton stores for US$6250 and US$11,600 for the Quartz and Automatic versions respectively.

Tambour Americas Cup Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta Americas CupLeft: Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup Quartz. Right: Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup Automatic.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup Quartz specifications:

  • 1851 limited and numbered edition, in reference to the date which the America’s Cup was founded 22 August 1851, in the presence of Queen Victoria
  • Extra-large tambour (44 mm)
  • Steel case overmoulded in black rubber
  • Black and red dial featuring the America’s Cup logo, with two auxiliary counters (small second hand at 2 o’clock and 60-minute and 24-hour totalisers stacked at 10 o’clock), additional central hand indicating the alarm time, date window between 4 and 5 o’clock and calibrated internal fixed bezel for reading the countdown
  • Luminescent index and hands
  • Black rubber strap, engraved with the Cup’s logo
  • Watertight to 100m
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • ISA 8270 quartz movement
  • Functions: chronograph, alarm and regatta with audio indicator offering the possibility of setting the countdown to between one and ten minutes

Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup Automatic specifications:

  • Limited edition of 720 numbered pieces, in reference to the size of the competing catamarans with rigid wing sails, 72-foot AC72s
  • Extra-large tambour (44mm diameter)
  • Steel case overmoulded in black rubber
  • Black and red dial with the America’s Cup logo
  • Luminescent index and hands
  • Black rubber strap
  • Watertight to 100m
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • Automatic Dubois-Dépraz chronograph movement
  • LV 171 calibre
  • Flyback chronograph and regatta functions offering a 5-minute countdown
  • 42-hour power reserve

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