THE RAKE X RALPH LAUREN – DUBAI LIMITED EDITION RL867 Watch
The Rake x Ralph Lauren Dubai Limited Edition RL867 was born out of a mutual understanding that a watch is not merely a time-telling device.
“Though the collections I create may be inspired by dreams,” Ralph Lauren once said, “they are for real life—for all kinds of living.” The Rake x Ralph Lauren Dubai Limited Edition RL867 was born out of a mutual understanding that a watch is not merely a time-telling device. It is as important a demonstration of who you are and the values you stand for as the clothes you wear. It is an expression of personality and attitude. Horological masterpieces transcend art and science, they are something we treasure, just as we treasure time itself. The Rake’s latest collaboration with the American icon is limited to just twenty pieces—created in an elegant and modern art deco design with Arabic-Hindu numerals inspired by the Middle Eastern metropolis.
On the face of it, The Rake x Ralph Lauren Dubai Limited Edition RL867 is rooted in the elegant simplicity of classical watchmaking. But with closer inspection, it is a marriage of textures; framed by a steel hobnail bezel that surrounds an elegant ivory guilloché dial. Bold Roman characters also contrast with the Arabic-Hindu numerals. All of these details are housed in a sophisticated 35mm case which sits flush and comfortable on the wrist. It looks handsome thanks in part to the hand-stitched interchangeable black strap. Made with supple alligator leather—considered the superior choice for leather goods—it is comfortable and has a natural shine. Distinguishing the exclusive collaboration between The Rake and Ralph Lauren, the sapphire crystal caseback presents a limited-edition emblem that reads: “The Rake – Dubai Edition – 1 of 20” signifying that the owner is a member of a small and elite group of connoisseurs, who can marvel at the craftsmanship and engineering of their watch.
As one would expect, the movement has the same attention to craft as the outer-build. The 867 (named after Ralph Lauren’s 867 Madison Avenue flagship store) uses a Swiss mechanical self-winding RL300-1 calibre movement. Observed through the open-back sapphire crystal underside of the watch, one’s eyes can trace the hand-finished Côte de Genève, as well as the circular perlage graining. This is evidence that although each of these twenty pieces are dreamed-up in New York City—and inspired by the Dubai lifestyle—it does not compromise on the craftsmanship of Swiss haute horology.
The Rake x Ralph Lauren Dubai Limited Edition RL867 makes a fine addition to any collection. It bears the name of one of the world’s most enduring creative visionaries, as well as being a genuinely expertly-crafted accessory for special occasions. We envisage it worn beside the cuff of a tuxedo, playing its role as an emblem of your taste. But it also does that most simple of things: reminding you when it’s finally time to go home.