At Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2014) show, Ralph Lauren will unveil an exceptional flying tourbillon timepiece, which boasts the legendary designer’s distinctive passion for adventurous design and exceptional hand craftsmanship.
Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantic Coupe and reflecting the utmost in micro-mechanical achievement, the Ralph Lauren Automotive Flying Tourbillon exemplifies the brand’s superb marriage of high-precision timekeeping and masculine sporting elegance. Long a symbol of watchmaking excellence and first introduced in the Ralph Lauren Timepiece collections through his RL67 Tourbillon, the Automotive’s flying tourbillon is revealed through an aperture at 6 o’clock and supported only at the bottom of the cage, appearing as if suspended due to its meticulously cantilevered construction.
Housed within a 45mm shot-blasted black stainless steel case, and operating at a frequency of 28,800vph, the exclusive RL167 self-winding caliber reduces the effects of gravity to achieve absolute precision. Through the sapphire-crystal case back, the 28-jewel RL167 caliber may be admired for its off-centered gold-plated micro-rotor and exquisite decoration in vertical Côtes de Genève.
Paying homage to the dashboard of Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti, the Ralph Lauren Automotive Flying Tourbillon features richly toned elm burlwood at the outer dial. Two luminescent sword-shaped hands orbit the central time display. The matte-black of the inner dial and the timepiece’s luxe black alligator strap provide a beautiful contrast in texture and color.
The Ralph Lauren Automotive collection, with its distinctive interpretations of sport and luxury, draws on a unique combination of innovative materials and cutting-edge calibers to transport its wearers to Ralph Lauren’s most exhilarating worlds.
Marking the New Year with a mastery of vintage-inspired elegance and modern mechanical sophistication, the Automotive Flying Tourbillon solidifies Ralph Lauren’s place in the world of grand complication haute horology.
Collection: Ralph Lauren Sporting Collection
Model: Automotive Flying Tourbillon (45mm – Black Steel)
Mechanical self-winding with a 3N gold-plated micro-rotor
Swiss Manufacture movement
Caliber: RL167, 13 ¼ ’’’, 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: ~40 hours
Decor: Vertical Côtes de Genève
Hours, minutes, Flying Tourbillon
Stainless steel shot-blasted, black finishing
Diameter: 44.80 mm; Thickness: 11.20 mm
Water resistance: 5 bar (~50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel shot-blasted with RL initials logo, black finishing
Black matte galvanic center, brown elm burl wood outer decor held by 4 screws Beige Super-LumiNova® Roman numerals, printed
Beige minute track, printed
Hour, minute: Sword-shaped hands
Color: Shiny black oxidized with beige Super-Luminova®
Black alligator, black Alsavel® lining
Stainless steel shot-blasted pin buckle, black finishing