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Toys of Summer: Time Trials

James D. Malcomson

For the racing yachtsman, time is of the essence—particularly the critical five minutes before the beginning of a race when boats jockey for position behind the starting line. With this summer’s regattas in mind, fashion house Louis Vuitton created its Tambour Automatic Regatta Navy watch, which is one of those rare sport watches that is every bit as useful as it is stylish. This limited-edition timepiece—sold only in select Louis Vuitton boutiques for $9,000 apiece—includes a graphic five-minute countdown function that can be read quickly during the vital few minutes leading up to a race’s start. The movement is also equipped with a flyback chronograph, which is handy when frequent adjustments to a timing sequence are required. Louis Vuitton has clearly not stinted on boldness in the dial of this steel timepiece, festooning it with a large V—for "Vuitton" or "victory."

 

Louis Vuitton, 866.884.8866, www.louisvuitton.com

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