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Introducing the Tambour Horizon: Louis Vuitton's first smartwatch

Introducing the Tambour Horizon: Louis Vuitton's first smartwatch

No matter what device you're buying - smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet - there are plenty of options out there that will likely suit your buying needs. It comes with Android Wear 2.0 pre-installed.

There are a number of budget-friendly devices like the ASUS ZenWatch 3 and Moto 360 Sport, both of which you can get for under $200. TAG Heuer has made two pricey connected watches so far, and by the sounds of it, they're selling pretty well. But that's changing today.

Google is continuing its strategy of partnering with well-established fashion brands to make unique Android Wear watches, and now one of the most recognizable names, Louis Vuitton, is on board with its new Tambour Horizon. The other interesting tidbit is that the Horizon will work in China, meaning that the watch will switch to services from Weibo so that you can use your watch in that country.

The 42mm case sports a 1.2-inch AMOLED 390×390 touchscreen and is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. In addition to the LV-branded faces, there are exclusive apps, like My Flight, that helps you get around airports and planes, while City Guide points you to cool hotspots when you land.




That marriage has been woven through Louis Vuitton's "Art of Travel" DNA to create features sure to appeal to globetrotters, from a GMT function with 24-hour display on the dial's rim to "My Flight", which stores your travel info and keeps you apprised of terminal and gate numbers, delays, remaining flying time and more.

Of course, this wouldn't be a high fashion watch without customization, and owners can choose between three case styles, gray, black and brown.

The company is also offering 60 easily-swappable straps equally divided for men and women. It starts at $2,400 for the Graphite and Monogram models, with the black variant priced at $2600 - though it's still a lot cheaper than Breitlings $8900 Exospace B55.