The RL67 Tourbillon from Ralph Lauren’s Safari collection is a watch of intrigue. Being the brand’s first high complication led to the fascination and so did its dark “dressing” – a stainless steel watchcase with a gunmetal finish.
Its rugged looks are complemented by the beige Roman numeral hour indexes. Moreover, the gunmetal finish was deliberately made to look worn with certain areas seemingly having undergone serious wear, a point highlighted to us by Francis Srun, managing director, Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co.
The RL67 Tourbillon is after all, from Ralph Lauren’s Safari collection and perhaps the gunmetal finish is symbolic of the weapons carried during a hunt?
What’s more, the use of a well-patinated crocodilian skin for the strap is a good choice as it lends more weight to the safari theme and heightened the appeal.
Based on the blemishes on the scales, we have good reason to conclude that the strap is actually from a crocodile skin (because the blemishes are from pores usually found on crocodiles) rather than that of an alligator.
The rear view provided even more intrigue, what with the micro rotor. From what we understood, the tourbillon movement is from La Fabrique du Temps which is owned by Louis Vuitton.
Overall, the sporty RL67 Tourbillon offers a handsomely rugged appeal. One must not forget that Ralph Lauren (the gentleman himself) has a passion for design, highlights Callum Barton, chairman, Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Co.
Ralph Lauren’s RL67 Tourbillon, housed in a 44.8mm diameter case which is 11.2mm thick, is attractively priced at around US$56,000 / 42,000 euros / 51,000 Swiss francs / 179,000 Malaysian Ringgit / S$69,700.