Watches: Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive Flying Tourbillon
By Thierry Ané on December 6, 2013
Ralph Lauren’s foray into fine watchmaking started back in March 2007 with the formation of The Polo Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewellery Company in partnership with the Richemont group. Since the first collection revealed at SIHH 2009, the brand has shown that it was taking watchmaking very seriously with an offer that combines the sporting elegance so dear to Mr Lauren with renowned mechanical movements. With the Sporting Automotive Flying Tourbillon that will officially be unveiled in January, Ralph Lauren confirms the legitimacy of its place in the small world of haute horology.
The Automotive collection takes its aesthetic cues from Mr Lauren’s 1938 Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantic Coupe. Indeed, in homage to the dashboard of this elegant car, the dial of all Automotive models features a richly toned elm burl wood outer ring with a matte black centre. The Sporting Automotive Flying Tourbillon also presents a large aperture at 6 o’clock to showcase the exquisite flying tourbillon.
The rest of the high-end RL167 calibre developed with La Fabrique du Temps can be admired from the exhibition case back. Apart from the 28 jewels and the beautiful Côtes de Genève decoration, one can gaze at the gold-plated micro rotor with enough winding power to reach a power reserve of 40 hours.
Many brands would have housed such refined movement in a classic case made of precious metal but in its distinctive sport and luxury look, the brand opted for a generous 45 mm case made of stainless steel with a shot-blasted black finish and a nice black alligator strap to complete the look.