The world knows Ralph Lauren for his company’s polo shirts, Bear sweaters and suits (like the one Joe Biden wore during his inauguration), but did you know the fashion company has a few watches that watch enthusiasts can appreciate. First off, Lauren himself is a prolific watch collector whose collection is highlighted by Cartier, Panerai and IWC pieces. His house has even produced minute-repeater and tourbillon watches.
In spite of being a fashion brand, Ralph Lauren has a history of inventive designs that are suitable for those who don’t wear regular fashion watches. The brand partnered with Richemont in 2007 to create a line of watches and jewelry targeting the high-end market.
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Styles for auto enthusiasts
One of our favorite watches from Ralph Lauren is the Sporting Automotive RL98295, which came out in 2011. This watch features a manual-wind movement by IWC and an intricate dial featuring wood and steel to evokethe wood grain dashboard of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.
The wood textures are balanced by the matte black central dial with Arabic numeral markings and sword hands. The black leather strap, bezel and dial screws, and small seconds dial add up to a design that speaks to Lauren’s lifestyle-inspired esthetic. Its 45mm case makes it a statement watch for sure. It’s selling on the second-hand market at the $13,000 range.
To view the current Ralph Lauren Automotive line, go here.
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Something more understated
If you like the car-inspired esthetic, the39 MM Chronometer Steel is powered by aCOSC-certified RL366 movement and uses a polished stainless steel case with screws to lend a very rugged tool watch vibe. This watch offers an auto-inspired look in a smaller case size and retails for $5,100.
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For more elegant affairs
The Ralph Lauren 867 collection in a 35mm wide square case isfor the Ralph Lauren fan who also appreciates the Cartier Santos orJaeger-LeCoultre Reverso look. This watch comes in both white and black dial versions and runs on aRL300-1 movement (a Selita-based clone) and retails for $4,950.
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A watch with equestrian roots
The bell-shaped Stirrup watch from Ralph Lauren is a nod to the brand’s association with equestrians. When the watch debuted at SIHH 2009, it stood out for its unique design. Described as “A vivid expression of Ralph Lauren's deep appreciation for tradition and enduring style, the RL Stirrup collection captures our equestrian heritage with its signature stirrup-shaped silhouette.” The lacquered dial with striking thin sword hands serves as a focal point for its unconventionally shaped case.
The Medium Steel Black Dial Stirrup watch retails for $6,500.
Keep Them Safe
With prices on par with Rolex, keeping your Ralph Lauren watch safe and protected is of utmost importance. Whether you are using them as centerpieces on your dresser or taking them with you on trips, Everest's genuine leather watch rolls, pouches, and watch portfolios are the perfect accessories for any watch collector.
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