Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches Watch Releases

New for 2017 come the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon and Double Tourbillon watches, joining the line inspired by the eponymous designer's own 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. Yes, a double tourbillon joins the Ralph Lauren stable. Possibly useless, the tourbillon is a sign of watchmaking ability for a brand - and a double tourbillon, doubly so. Perhaps silly and a little decadent, the ostentatious double tourbillon housed in a non-precious metal case with a wood bezel represents a refreshingly simple and sophisticated home for the mechanism. Both are expensive, of course, but get ready for a price just short of six figures for the double tourbillon model. Say what you will, but the dedication to aesthetic brand identity in both these watches shows a brand that is secure in its skin.

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches Watch Releases

After announcing its first foray into high-end watchmaking back in 2009, Ralph Lauren continues to add to its Automotive collection which has produced designs inspired by 1930s car aesthetics while symbolizing Ralph Lauren's love of fine automobiles. This sub-family of watches exists within the Ralph Lauren Sporting collection, which also borrows design cues specifically from the dashboard or Mr. Lauren's beloved Bugatti. Last year, we brought you a hands-on look at two of the more recent models in the lineup - the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton and Non-Skeleton watches. The two watches we introduce here today mark a new advancement for the brand and the collection.

We know some of you will have plenty of opinions when it comes to fashion house watches, something we addressed in our Point/Counterpoint series. Still, the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon and Double Tourbillon are both handsome watches that play their part on a stage where watch and automotive themes will always inevitably meet. Unlike some of their peers, however, these two versions offer more of a muted, sophisticated look that thrives on the subtle combination of a well-thought-out use of materials.

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches Watch Releases

Both the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon and Double Tourbillon watches feature 45mm cases made of black shot-blasted stainless steel. It's a color tone that pairs nicely with the dark amboyna burl wood bezel and continues into the matching black crown with the same finishing treatment. The thickness is 12.40mm on the single tourbillon model and 14.90mm for the double tourbillon version, both of which should prove to wear comfortably at those dimensions. Over the dial is a convex sapphire crystal with internal anti-reflective coating and the sapphire for the case-back features the same smoky finish featured on previous models. Other tweaks like the beige, sword-shaped Super-LumiNova treated hands, minimalist matte black dial, and printed Arabic numerals surrounding the RL logo tie together the automotive-inspired visual themes for both models.

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches Watch Releases

The movement inside of the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon is the new IWC-producedd RL267, a 21,600vph self-winding caliber that is made with 45 jewels and has a power reserve of 72 hours. The Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Double Tourbillon model houses the RL367 manual-winding caliber which also operates at 21,600vph and shares the 72-hour power reserve figure. You'll find circular graining, vertical Côtes de Genève, and perlage work on both movements, though we'll be able to comment more on that once we have additional images or see it in person.

And of course, one of the great joys of any watch person's life is explaining how a tourbillon doesn't really have any measurable effect on a watch's performance, and that will be twice as much fun with a double tourbillon. The tourbillon displays are front and center on both models, and there is something of an automotive/mechanical visual effect with the two tourbillons touching each other, right?

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon Watches Watch Releases

Overall, Ralph Lauren has taken its spot in watchmaking, and as such, it will annoy some watch fans with a move like simultaneously releasing single tourbillon and double tourbillon watches. And what's more legit in Swiss watchmaking than impractical decadence? Obviously, Ralph Lauren wants to demonstrate watchmaking prowess, as there nowadays seem to be not that many established Swiss luxury watch brands who have never produced a tourbillon watch. The beautiful wood on the bezel and discreet yet cohesive aesthetics otherwise point to a general success for Ralph Lauren. Price for the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon (RLR0220713) and Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Double Tourbillon (RLR0220714) is $62,500 and $99,000, respectively. watches.ralphlauren.com

What do you think?
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  • A very peculiar step. I don’t think the aesthetic of this range is suited to the Tourb and double-Tourb treatment, nor do I think it’s the best way to cement your future as a new entrant. Would be far more impressed if they were to produce simpler watches with high-end third party ebauches and develop some unique finishing to complement the equally unique aesthetic they are going for. A brand like RL should be leading the way for top end fashion watches, they sure could do with some leadership, not punch at the high horology category IMO.

    • BiLL

      Did you see their 50mm Safaris?

      • Head scratcher. I suppose that’s one way to make a micro rotor – blow up the rest of the watch!

        • BiLL

          Hahahaha, exactly.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Yup,Yup and Yup.

  • commentator bob

    This poor guy that Piaget already took the name Polo in the watchmaking context. It has left him adrift, desperate for an indentity and killing the pain with tourbillons.

  • IG

    Can bark beetles be in the bezels?

    • Marius

      No.

      • IG

        Too bad, they emit cute sounds.

  • Seweryn

    Almost 100K$??? For such price I hope it comes with customization. For example to get rid of this powerpoint’like RL at 12.

  • manuel borrayo

    Needs more tourbillons

    • IG

      There should be a tourbillon at each hours and a big one in the centre.

    • BiLL

      Makes me wonder what the record is for number of tourbillons put into one watch.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Someone? Come on there has to be an ultimate uber-Tourbillion watch.

        You can only put so much gold and diamonds on to a watch, so how about tourbillions.
        Remember, for a lot of people taste means more of everything. (Yes I’m being snobby, and ironic).

        • DanW94

          Greubel Forsey has a quadruple tourbillon watch. Beyond that I couldn’t tell you….

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Don’t MB&F do something similar, or is that four interconnected balance wheels?

  • ProJ

    Those watches are clearly designed with Chinese buyers in mind.

  • DanW94

    The tourbillons look like an afterthought in this watch. There’s a lack of finesse, of cohesive integration of them with the rest of the design. RL’s basic automotive model with the small seconds does have a certain charm to it, but this looks like they said, let’s stick a few tourbillons in there and run it up the flagpole at 100k and see who salutes.

  • MeaCulpa

    What was it Dolly Parton used to say? “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.” Seems fitting for some reason

  • Word Merchant

    We have a definite winner for the Pig Ugly Watch of SIHH 2017, folks!

  • Hydra

    Give me one good reason why I would pick this over a PP or ALS etc?

    • Coert Welman

      Fewer in circulation?

  • SuperStrapper

    Oh boy…

    “Possibly useless”. So, then there is possibly a use? Oh, right: It’s counter-acting the effect of gravity in my pocket watch. See how it floats, thumbing it’s nose at gravity.

    The possible use a tourb has in a wristwatch is adding 6-figures of cost. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good tourbillion, they are fun to watch. But let’s call a spade a spade: they add nothing truly useful.

  • deemee

    non aligned screws will never cease bothering me :/

  • Marius

    Just as I expected, Ralf Loren always brings out the most vicious, nasty, foul-mouth, and vile comments out of the woodwork. As a result, let me set the record straight — as my American friends use to say.

    1. Ralf Loren is the most stylish man alive and his products are equally stylish. If Ralf Loren isn’t stylish, then who is? David Bredan?
    2. Ralf Laren watches are outsourced to the best suppliers in the industry. Some Relph Laurin watches use JLC calibers; others use IWC movements. Do you have a problem with that? Ralph Larin watches are certainly better than the Janis Trading/AVI-8/Apple Watch/Hublot that most of you seem to be in love with.
    3. For the first time in history, Ralfph Leron is targeting the lower classes. $99,000 is a very modest price for a double tourbillon. How much would a double tourbillon from Roger Dubuis set you back? Probably over $200,000. As a result, even if you are a bottom-feeder, with a bit of saving you too could own a stylish double tourbillon.
    4. Raulp Lairen watches have a very original design. What would you rather have: a dated, decrepit, and hemoroids-infested Any Rolex/Royal Oak/Nautilus/Any Lange/Any Vacheron or a watch designed by Ralph Lauren himself? Yes, I thought so!

    • ProJ

      I can’t stop laughing ??

    • Word Merchant

      I wear my Ruffe Larynx with pride. It makes me feel like $100, know what I mean?

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Merios, youve made me laugh out loud. Actually Marial I think youve missed your vocation. You could’ve been Marian the comic.

  • The wood bezel adds an interesting element, adding a contrary material to a luxury watch. It reminds me Hublot’s initial use of carbon. This is a popular movement in the design community more broadly.

    This year seems to be the year of the Tourbillon when Ralph Lauren is offering a double tourbillon. It’s fun to see the craftsmanship, but would also like to see the brands introduce more watches that are realistically affordable and most likely to be hits with consumers.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I just need to say the one word,………………….screws.

    • You need to let go Raymond.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        i can’t, i’ve tried,……….but i just can’t.

        • If you ever need to talk about it, just let me know. I have not only learnt to accept the misaligned screw, I have come to love it.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Thank you for your concern but in no universe is misaligned screws acceptable.

          • I can arrange for your next watch to have 100% aligned screws. It will rattle though…

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Don’t start going on about pressure issues with loose screws, it’s a simple procedure to take an odd micron off the end of the screw until it lines up PERFECTLY and if i am paying the price of a small apartment for it, is that really too much to ask !

          • Afraid so, unless they start threading to micron-levels of detail and using materials that could cope with that, a few degrees of twist is all you need to make a screw unstable. You are better off expecting a free massage with your watch.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            They are using materials that could cop with that.

          • I don’t think so, not on a bridge/plate. You would need to significantly increase the number of times the thread wrapped around the screw and in doing so they would have to become extremely fine, at the expense of their fundamental function. Bottom line, there is a place where function should never follow form and I am afraid that on watches as a whole it is not on movement screws. There might be one company, for example, that decides to do the filing approach or something equally radical because they think there is a market for it, but the pricing of the watch will inflate for the sake of the screws – which most people have no problem with looking like screws!
            However, bezel screws/bolts like the watch here – they would be easier to do, as per ROO, but you would need to design them to pass through the entire case.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Fine, use a different screw head, problem solved.

          • Using a screw with more slots is a better option, but will also serve to pronounce the tiniest of differences – Raymond, you need to let gooooo….

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Nooooo !. I have had a moment to reflect on the ” problem ” that i seem to be afflicted with, i have, listened to both your arguments and have come to the only rational explanation,…..You’r both talking nonsense,….
            Moving on……..

          • LOL I secretly hoped you would never change

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            I went to my window, lent out, and shouted. “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more”.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            What do you want ? an Oscar ? 🙂

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Oh hell no. No no no. And yes, it is asked to much of a screw. You must think about screws in a different way: “What is it in itself?” Then you`ll understand and you will free yourself of your misguided asthetic obsession of aligned screws and your life will become much better.

          • An odd micron from which end? Underneath the head ? Measured at which temperature? Please describe this simple procedure.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            From the end of the screw stem. Need i go on ?

          • Yes. I think so. You seem to think taking a few microns off something is trivial. Please explain why it is so and what methods of removing that material would be applied. Finally please describe the process of measuring a difference of one micron.

          • Steve Bowden

            Maybe misaligned screws are the horological equivalent of ‘who’s a bad girl then? ,

          • SuperStrapper

            Perfectly indexed screws look fake to me. As in they appear more like decorations that are designed to mimic screws than actual functional parts.

    • BiLL

      Embrace the wasabi or whatever.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Wasabi goes right through me.

        • BiLL

          OK. Thanks for that titbit.

          • DanW94

            Bill, titbit? A Freudian slip perhaps? Whatsabi with that?

          • BiLL

            You might think it’s a Freudian nip-slip, but as far as I know titbit and tidbit are interchangeable.

    • commentator bob

      You are just going to have to get a Royal Oak instead of a goofy watch from the guy whose outlet polos I gave to Goodwill a couple years back.

  • Buying a $100K Ralph Lauren watch is like buying…well, a $60 Ralph Lauren T-shirt.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    horrible. atrocious. an abomination.

  • IanE

    Yawn – Ralph Lauren’s “me two”!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Ralph Lauren. Who is he? A boring designers for wasps. And what does a wasp designer? He takes classic european designs and transforms it into an american interpretation of it. Like Diney did and still does. The result is ridiculous in any kind of way. These watches scream “I want to play with the big boys. I am new money hidden as old money. I HAVE TO TOURBILLONS; WHY DON`T YOU ACCEPT ME IN YOUR CIRCLE? Then hangs around with Tommy Hilfiger, where it belongs. Ad character with wooden bezel? Fail! Try to be an important and interesting part of horology with an important partner (Richemont)? Fail! Still seemes to me like they have to wear the old clothes of your older (and cooler) brother. These watches are not the bottom of horology. They are simply mediocre and they are claiming not to be and this makes them worser than almost any kickstarter fart. I can not imagine this watches to be worn by anyone else than a complete douchebag. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd7a2f06a103c9952820b83066b46df807c395f2c818e9f27194d1cd2ec56a77.jpg

    • BJ314

      The watch is ugly. Your estimation of who buys Ralph Lauren and why, is misconstrued. And most importantly, it points to my greatest pet peeve about watch owners. I see far too many men with great taste in watches with atrocious taste in clothes. A watch is an accessory. Wearing a great watch with a terrible outfit is like showing up to work with a fresh haircut, but an ungroomed mustache. Idiotic.

    • Omegaboy

      Except for ‘worser’, I agree.

    • What did Disney ever do to you?

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Nothing. I like Disney. Here they serve as an example. Buena Vista Castle? = Schloss Neuschwanstein. Cinnderella? = Old European fairy tale. etc.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    Double Tourbillon with a WOODEN BEZEL! My very close pal Ralph has done it again! And finally he’s moved up to the price range his watches should be selling for. What a stunning success.

    There’s only one thing wrong with these timepieces: there is no Hodinkee co-branding on them.

    Yet.

  • manuel borrayo
    • Dinkee, H. O.

      I almost had an orgasm!

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I kind of get what RL is doing. B-uhr A-type dials are very pure and beautiful.

    But WOOD ?

    Sorry it just comes across like the worst kind of “Grand-dads Jag” with its cherry and walnut veneer all over the cabin. Its trying for the Baronettes’ wood panelled library cum smoking den effect. While just being naff instead. Sorry.

  • commentator bob

    If you think $100,000 is steep don’t even ask what this one costs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2c282ec7a41d2dae36245a70ca8e8d62b14f61b550d6f89f05cda1937beb2bf9.jpg

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Okay then. How much does it cost? And why?

  • The Fractious Boogur T. Wang

    Lose the toubys and ya got a winnah !

  • cg

    Some watches need bras…

  • Omegaboy

    The bezel needs a roll bar to protect it.

  • A double tourbillon is like putting two dead horses together to double the productivity.

  • I also like the very discreet branding on the dial…

  • According to my math, the cost of a single tourbillon movement from RL is $36,500 (the delta of a double over the cost of a single). So that means that without an escapement at all, the otherwise single tourbillon would be $26,000 with no escapement (or a regular escapement). Hmmm, that seems like a lot for a stainless steel cased watch even with a wooden bezel (which I worry about from a durability standpoint). So without a tourbillon the question becomes, who in their right mind would pay $26K for this pedestrian watch?

    Then the is the issue that Lauren’s Bugatti does not appear to have any screws on its wooden steering wheel. Nor do the dashboard instrument have beige markers. So I don’t see this as having much of design connection to his Bugatti 57. I agree with the sentiments expressed by others that this watch is for posers who know about about the Ralph Lauren name than they do about watches.

  • hasty hughie

    This watch is perfect for Trump America.

  • Ulysses31

    I think the overall idea of combining beautiful wood with a dark-toned watch really works. As for the tourbillons, I honestly couldn’t care less.