The Louis Vuitton name has always been a collectible as some owners keep and use their products for years and years. The name is absolutely a status symbol and fashion statement. Most recently Collectors Dashboard profiled a Sotheby’s sale of custom-made Nike Air Force One shoes in the iconic Louis Vuitton pattern. Now there is a watch to collect on top of all of the attention Louis Vuitton has received from the millions of dollars in custom shoe sales. The Tambour Horizon Light Up Connected Watch has many features and styles to choose from.
After taking a look at the digital watches and smart watches that have been sold elsewhere, it seems safe to assume that the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up may become a collectible watch. Does that also make it an investment?
Collectors Dashboard evaluates high-end collectibles as an alternative asset class. This means collectibles are attracting the same capital that could have been invested into stocks or bonds. Whether or not that fits into the theme for a $3,000 to $4,000 digital watch remains up for debate. This watch is definitely a fashion statement, status symbol and a utility all in one. And if the demand is outstripping the supply, that might make the collectible case all over again.
According to the Louis Vuitton website, the watch’s style is deeply rooted in the Maison’s watchmaking codes and the familiar silhouette and convex case profile of the original Tambour watch is adapted to light up. The engineered curved sapphire glass includes 24 LED lights that animate the signature Louis Vuitton Monogram Ring.
Louis Vuitton had two days where identical watches were released: January 1, 2022, and January 14, 2022. What a representative of Louis Vuitton told Collectors Dashboard is that the only variable in the two release dates were the styles offered. The price changes concerning style are listed as follows:
The smallest size watch face is $3,450.00. The prices are for just the watch face no band. The middle size is $3,600.00 and the largest size is $4,100.00. Watch bands are priced between $405.00 to $605.00. All watches have to be built. Every watch found for sale outside of direct from Louis Vuitton is customized for someone else, by someone else.
Another aspect of the collectability is that Collectors Dashboard contacted Louis Vuitton and they confirmed what we had been discovering — none of the watch styles are currently available in any US store location or online through them.
The helpful representative suggested using the option to be notified from Louis Vuitton when the item is back in stock. When that will be is elusive. Days, weeks, months, who knows. This makes them a desired collectible.
If something becomes a collectible and is now no not available, does the price have to shoot through the roof? When asked about the half price examples found for sale on eBay and Chrono24, he said the purchase could not be guaranteed by Louis Vuitton as to what the product actually was.
One aspect that might make the watch resales lower elsewhere is that the watch updates may keep making the older models obsolete. That is of course just some conjecture rather than a fact. Still, a 2017 review from Wearable commented about its $2,450 price tag back then.