Android Wear has been a wearable platform devoted to smartwatches that tell the time while bearing a look that suits your needs. The platform originally started with more sporty smartwatches that were IP water and dust certified that were designed for the elements, for bikers, athletes, and the fitness-minded. Apparently, the "sporty" side didn't catch on with consumers, so Google decided to partner with luxury brands to bring some serious recognition to the wearable space. Twelve partners, including luxury brands Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, and Mont Blanc, have partnered with Google for smartwatches this year, but few ever expected that other luxury brands would join the smartwatch party.
Originally, Fossil joined Android Wear to bring some addition to the Android smartphone OEMs such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Sony, but Fossil hasn't had the best of luck. That hasn't stopped Fossil from bringing even more wearables to market this year. TAG Heuer with its Connected Carrera smartwatch has been seen as the high-end, premium Android Wear smartwatch in this space. Its Connected Carrera costs $1500, above Fossil's own Michael Kors brand, and even that of Casio's WSD-F10 and now its WSD-F20 Smart Outdoor watches.
Well, Louis Vuitton (LV) looks to enter into the Android Wear space and challenge TAG Heuer's reign at the top of the class with its new smartwatch. Called the Tambour Horizon, the new watch from LV features a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390 x 390p screen resolution, Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 300mAh battery. With a 42mm casing and 12.5mm thickness, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon comes with some of LV's own watch faces and two pre-loaded apps: MyFlight and City Guide.
The Tambour Horizon comes in three case styles (Graphite Gray, Monogram Brown, and Black) and 60 strap choices (30 for men, 30 for women), meaning that the new smartwatch is for both men and women. The Graphite and Monogram LV Tambour Horizon models will set you back $2,450, while the Black Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon will cost you $2,900. Yep, luxury smartwatches come at a luxury cost. Of course, you're getting Android Wear 2.0 here, which means that you have on-wrist Play Store app access, customizable watchfaces, and more.
Android Wear fans, we know you're dying to pick up one of these luxury beauties. So, who's buying?