RALPH LAUREN RL67 SAFARI GRAND DATE TIMEPIECES
“The romance of safari is a dream that I have returned to many times. It is an adventure, a world of refinement set against a rugged and powerful landscape.” — Ralph Lauren
Are you Man enough to pull off these timepieces on your wrist?
Ralph Lauren introduces their biggest wristwatches yet, with two RL67 Safari Grand Date models.
Resolutely testosterone emanating, in a larger 50mm size, these watches reinforce the adventurous, elegant spirit of a signature collection. You can tell this from the rugged, square-jawed yet eco-caring male going “troppo” in bush tracking apparel, with a lion casually slung around his shoulders.
Talk about “smart casual”!
Both watches highlight the prominent date display, which is eminently legible. Ralph Lauren launched the Safari clothing line in 1984 playing on the adventurous travel motif. The Safari watches followed in 2013 as 39mm and 45mm chronometers with black or camouflage pattern dials. They soon became iconic Ralph Lauren timepieces with their canvas straps, introduced in tribute to an explorer’s shoulder bag.
RL67 Safari Grand Date – 50mm – Camouflage Dial
The first Grand Date model, with an azure varnished camouflage dial, features an “aged” steel case, through a chemo-physical treatment that imbues the steel with a rugged patina. Water resistant to 10 bar, this handsome and luxurious tool watch is mated with a dark olive green alligator strap. The Super-LumiNova® hour and minute hands and a varnished, bright-orange second hand point to printed Arabic numerals on the circular-textured dial. The mechanical self-winding RL3105 movement has a 42-hour power reserve and is decorated with vertical Geneva stripe or circular perlage patterns.
RL67 Safari Grand Date – 50mm – Black Dial
The second model using the same RL3105 movement in the “aged” steel case and azure matte-varnished anthracite dial is shown on a “weathered” olive green canvas strap. Additional canvas straps are sold separately, including blue, black, and faded versions, all lined with leather. Ralph Lauren carefully selected each colour, including the classic olive green, to convey the authentic spirit of safari.
“When I started out as a designer, I dreamed of going to Africa, to safari,” Ralph Lauren says. “Safari is about living the life you want and pushing yourself beyond your limitations. It’s the dream of experiencing the wild and seeing the farthest reaches of the world.”
We first reported on luxurious Ralph Lauren Deco watches on [AlphaLuxe]
My first question was: “Are you Man enough?”
Truth be told, I can see these “oversized” Safari watches as fantastic accessories for slender ladies’ wrists too.
“The Cost of True Luxury is the Choice that it Affords.” – MTF
What is the true cost of this grand date, rugged luxury?
RL67 Safari Grand Date – 50mm – Camouflage Dial – “Aged” Steel RLR0260700: $5350
RL67 Safari Grand Date – 50mm – Black Dial – “Aged” Steel RLR0260900: $4850
The rest of the Ralph Lauren Safari Collection can be seen [HERE]
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).