Just as traditional as wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931 during a polo match, it is to wear a La Martina polo shirt. As most of you know, and as we discussed it here, the iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was created for polo players looking to protect the dial of their watches. Jaeger-LeCoultre came up with a clever solution and created the Reverso, a watch where the side of the dial could be flipped to expose the case back and avoid the watch from getting damaged.
La Martina followed the steps of Jaeger-LeCoultre and created a brand that today is synonym of Argentina's third biggest passion —after 'fútbol' and tango— the game of polo. La Martina was founded in 1985 by Lando Simonetti an Argentinean born in Rome who started making bags and shirts for friends and relatives upon request. Today, La Martina is sold in the most exclusive cities around the world including Paris, Milan, Madrid, St. Tropez, Mykonos, London, Monaco and Zürich amongst others. If you are a watchlifestyler that travels around Europe frequently, we are 100% sure that you've seen their iconic double polo player logo numerous times and you probably own more than one of their shirts or bags.
Today, La Martina is to polo gear what Hermès is to ties. Purveyors and outfitters to some of the most exclusive polo clubs around the world, La Martina offers a wide selection of shirts, jackets, boots, saddles, travel bags, helmets and polo equipment. Even Prince Harry and Prince William have played wearing these polo shirts at the Eton College.
The easiest way to describe a La Martina polo shirt is by saying that it is not your run-of-the-mill polo shirt. Superior to Thomas Pink and Ralph Lauren, the attention to detail on these shirts is superb, their designs are as unique as it gets and the fit is just perfect. Often you will find patches or areas that appear as if it had been repaired, just to add more character to the garment.
Next time you are attending a polo match at Palm Beach's Wellington Polo Club, at 'El Metejon' in Buenos Aires or at the Polo Club de Veytay outside of Genève, make sure you are wearing one of these shirts. Even if you don't play or follow polo, wearing one of these shirts will make you look and feel like you are part of one of the fanciest sports in the world. Now, if you feel like going for the whole nine yards, then make sure you pair the shirt with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931.
Sticker Price $250 USD watch not included. For more info on La Martina click here.