Watches for Men. Timeless and sophisticated, Ralph Lauren’s men’s watches combine elegant vintage inspirations, contemporary designs, and timekeeping technology that uses both traditional artisan techniques and cutting-edge technologies.
The Polo Ralph Lauren watch is available in three lacquered color dials: Ralph Lauren’s signature shade of vivid green, timeless navy blue, and a deep black with either a stainless steel or matte black casing. The Navy Sport Watch A celebration of Polo heritage. Drawn from the storied history of four iconic bears, each watch represents a different facet of Mr. Lauren’s own unmatched style As a young man, Ralph Lauren sought out vintage clothes in Army-Navy surplus stores, reinventing the pieces he found as modern sportswear with a sense of purpose and individuality. Each movement is composed of 26 jewels and runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Your browser does not support the video tag. The Polo Watch is available in three lacquered color dials: Ralph Lauren’s signature shade of vivid green, timeless navy blue, and a deep black with either a stainless steel or matte black casing.
Limited availability. Featuring a chic round case and a bold mix of Arabic and Roman numerals, the RL888 collection expresses the elegant and modern sensibility of the iconic Ralph Lauren woman. Select models are embellished with sparkling diamond-set bezels, while others feature a vibrant rose-cut amethyst at the crown. RL Automotive models feature a new “RL” logo at 12 o’clock, inspired by vintage race car logotypes. The burl wood bezel of the RL Automotive Skeleton watch is inspired by the steering wheel of Mr. Lauren’s own vintage Bugatti.
If you’ve ever seen or attended a polo match in Argentina, you know about the sport’s brutal reality. There are the massive crowds, the boisterous fans. The ultra-competitive athletes, recognized as “hired assassins,” going full-tilt on the pitch. It’s all surprisingly violent.
The rarefied universe of Ralph Lauren paints a different picture. Chalk it up to decades of brilliant marketing, advertising, and brand-building. Polo is evocative here, the aspirational and compelling concept that gave Ralph Lauren a winning company name in 1967. Soon after, the concept was distilled down to a singular icon, woven into the body of a shirt: man, mallet, and steed. The emblem became an indispensable mascot, representing a lifestyle that’s equally sporty, elegant, and tasteful. Now, the symbol has taken its rightful place on the dial of a new line of timepieces.
“My new Polo watch with the symbol of the Polo player artfully rendered on the dial represents the timeless spirit of authenticity that has always inspired me,” says Lauren.
Said player is rendered with a multi-layered colorful three-dimensional effect, surrounded by luminescent Arabic numerals, with the Polo name appearing on the rotating bezel. There are three lacquered dials offered inside a traditional stainless steel case: green, navy blue, and black. The latter dial can also be had with a PVD-coated stainless case.
Still, like Ralph Lauren’s endlessly adaptable fashion collections, the straps are where the self-expression really begins. Mix-and-match fabric straps (inspired by Ralph Lauren’s shirtings) can be easily swapped out for leather straps and steel bracelets. Perhaps the most desirable is a NATO strap printed with the PoloSport logo, inspired by resurgent interest in vintage Lauren wares from the 1990s, now fiercely sought collector’s items for the hypebeast set.
That’s not to say the new Polo Watch is a mere fashion item. Where most competing brands opt for simple quartz movements, Mr. Lauren’s personal love of mechanical watches shines through by way of an automatic Swiss movement, Caliber RL200, manufactured by Sellita. Elevating the watch further, this movement is decorated with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining known as perlage, visible through the sapphire crystal open caseback. Power reserve is 38 hours, and the case is water-resistant up to 100 meters.
Joining last year’s Polo Bear collection, these irreverent and sporty timepieces are a notable departure from the first watch collections that debuted in 2018, in celebration of Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary. Repositioning the Ralph Lauren Polo Watch collections as more utilitarian makes sense; in what has proven to be an unpredictable year, the move seems both smart and agile. It’s also a reminder that Ralph Lauren’s expertise in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of fashion is among the brand’s greatest assets.
The other, of course, is worldwide recognition. So while the Polo Watch collection might just be hitting stores now, the appearance of the signature Polo Player makes each piece seem like an old friend. That familiarity, now more customizable and accessible than before, is almost sure to hit home with a range of customers.
“A watch is like a piece of art with a quality and character that goes beyond functionality. It is the most personal accessory, and during times like these, a most reassuring piece of who we are, of one’s personal style,” says Lauren. “It feels like a classic because it has been part of our heritage for almost fifty years.”