Ralph Lauren Introduces RL Automotive Tourbillon & Double Tourbillon

A pair of tourbillon wristwatches with burl wood bezels, inspired by a 1938 Bugatti coupe.

The latest from Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelry Co., the joint venture between the American apparel maker and Richemont, are a pair of tourbillon wristwatches, including the brand’s first double tourbillon.

With its signature amboyna burl wood bezel, the Ralph Lauren Automotive watches are inspired by the flowing lines and wood-panelled interior of the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe owned by the eponymous fashion designer who’s also a noted car collector.

The RL Automotive Double Tourbillon is 45mm with a steel case coated black. The dial is a matte black, matched with ivory-tone Super-Luminova on the hands and numerals, a look derived from the instrument panels of the Bugatti.

Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Double Tourbillon zoom

Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe interior

Identically sized with the same case type and dial size is the RL Automotive Tourbillon that’s equipped with a single tourbillon.
 Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Tourbillon

Both are equipped with manually-wound movements produced by Le Cercle des Horlogers, a Le Locle-based builder of complicated movements that also supplies brands like Graham and Corum.

Price and availability

The RL Automotive Tourbillon is priced at US$62,500, while the RL Automotive Double Tourbillon is US$99,000.

Correction January 27, 2017: Movements are made by Le Cercle des Horlogers, and not Création et Développement Horlogers (CDH) as stated earlier.

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