“All black!” Each time I see or hear the phrase, I imagine Jean-Claude Biver loudly proclaiming it with wide eyes as his clenched fist slams on the nearest table, emotively. Even though Louis Vuitton isn’t controlled by Mr. Biver, the man is the Head of Watchmaking at LVMH (Louis Vuitton Mot Hennessy). Clearly, he has had some influence. The Louis Vuitton Tambour All Black Petite Second and Tambour All Black Chronographe are the first “all-black” colored Louis Vuitton timepieces. Jean-Claude Biver didn’t necessarily invent the concept of a watch that was all black in color, but he certainly helped popularize it with the Hublot Big Bang All Black.
Since then, pretty much all the brands at LVMH have all-black models replica watches, including Hublot, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Bulgari, and not Louis Vuitton. It only took them 15 years. Louis Vuitton as a serious watchmaker began in 2002, and their very first case was the Tambour (“drum,” but I like to call it the “dog bowl”). I own one of the early Louis Vuitton Tambour Dive watches and I absolutely love it. Even though pretty much everything about the Tambour has changed since the first models came out, the case shape (though not always the size) has blissfully remained in the Louis Vuitton watch collection.
The particular LV Tambour All Black Petite Seconde copy watches come in a smaller Tambour case than I am used to, which is 41.5mm wide. Note that with a Tambour, they always wear small for two reasons. First is because the lugs are relatively stubby and not particularly large (though they are cool looking). Second is because the case tapers and thus the bezel is narrower than the base of the case. My 44mm wide Tambour doesn’t wear like a 44mm wide watch, and this 41.5mm wide Tambour certainly feels “medium” in size. Not a bad thing, but it is something to consider if you like wearing a 39-40mm wide watch normally and would like something that feels the same.
If you want a larger case wearing experience, the Tambour All Black Chronographe comes in a 46mm wide case (that does indeed feel a lot larger). For me, the ideal case size of a Tambour remains 44mm wide. The matte black finish of the All Black’s steel case lv fake watches are well done, and applied using a PVD application process. The strap buckle is DLC-coated black, which is probably a good thing since it offers more wear-resistance and buckles tend to get the bulk of wear and tear on a timepiece.