Ralph Lauren RL67 Safari $55,000 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Ralph Lauren RL67 Safari $55,000 Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

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In the Ralph Lauren Safari watch collection, comes the RL67 Tourbillon (RLR0220704), a fashionable luxury watch for a major fashion brand continuing to assert themselves in the luxury watch market. The notion of a "Safari Tourbillon" is an ironic concept borne out of emotion rather than practicality. It isn't about anyone needing this watch, but more about the personality it implies. Maybe it is like Land Rover which started as a more or less "safari truck" and is now a plaything of rappers and rich soccer moms. So is there a future in luxtopia for a safari watch? That really isn't up to me to decide as I am not in the demographic of customers who spend $50,000 or more in timepiece purchases. To be fair, I prefer other pieces in the gunmetal (style metal) clad Safari watches in Ralph Lauren's high-end watch range. For many watch collectors, the Safari Tourbillon may not hit a sweet spot, but for others who see the tourbillon itself as a tangible symbol of status, I think there is room for a piece such as this.

At $55,000, the Ralph Lauren RL67 Tourbillon is arguably well-priced given that most tourbillon-based watches from the watch motherland are $70,000 and over. Though, Swiss tourbillon watches priced as low as $30,000 aren't unheard of. This particular piece has a movement produced by La Fabrique du Temps in Geneva, a respected third-party high-end movement maker. Ralph Lauren - through their partnership with Richemont - has never been about creating their own movements, but rather borrowing talent from existing high-end houses such as Piaget, IWC, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

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At 45mm (44.8mm) wide, the steel watch wears like a champion. The case is still technically part of Ralph Lauren's Sporting collection, but that name seems to have been removed in favor of "Safari" here. It isn't actually gunmetal in the traditional sense, but rather finished to look like gunmetal, which in a sense actually makes it looks better. A few years after it launched, the case and its bezel screws still have a solid handsome look to them that is very much in line with Ralph Lauren's personal aesthetic of vintage sport performance - with a hint of "aged by activity."

  • MarkCarson

    Yeah, it does seem like a silly concept. Except as has been noted before with dates (or chronographs) on diver watches – most dive watches are used for desk diving. And likewise, most of the RL safari watches will go on shopping safaris.
    I guess my problem with this piece that outside of the tourbillon, it looks just like their lesser pieces. I realize this piece gives a halo effect to the cheaper watches. But for 50 large and having a Swiss whirlwind, I’d want a watch that does NOT look one costing many tens of thousands less at a quick glance.
    One more gripe then I’ll stop. The formal looking roman numerals always seem odd to me on these ‘safari’  watches from Ralph Lauren. Formal, yet rugged! Ummm…no – pick one and go with it. Sort of like combat boots with a tux. Just say no.

  • Ulysses31

    An ugly watch at an eye-watering price.  Something that looks like one of those cheap Chinese toubillons shouldn’t cost this much.  Roman numerals suck – they make everything look ancient, and while the Roman architectural aesthetic is still popular, their numerals on watches invariably look terrible unless they’re thinned out to the point where they look more like stick markers.  There’s a reason this clumsy counting system didn’t last.

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  • jmsherer21

    I like the way it looks, however, 55gs for something with Ralph Lauren on it doesn’t strike me as a work of craftmanship

  • Kris C

    Nice strap. Next.

    • JonnyD

      I had a feeling you would appreciate the strap:-), it’s a real beauty and suits the watch fittingly.

  • http://www.megalitica.com jmfloresa

    55 grand for a fashion watch its a long shot for Ralph, Armani, Tommy (and Tommy Bahamas too).
    They should get a chinese tourbillon and  stick to their own “fashionista” 1ks sticker price league and then I could start consider them  as a great looking tourbillon bargain.

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