RALPH LAUREN WATCHES
Ralph Lauren presents a stunning range of new additions to his timepiece collections for 2015, continuing his unique passion for the combination of mechanics and design that defines fine watchmaking. With a total of 12 new timepieces, Ralph Lauren has created strong statements of his extraordinarily sophisticated and deeply personal vision of the art of horology.
THE RALPH LAUREN AUTOMOTIVE COLLECTION
The Ralph Lauren Automotive collection demonstrates the powerful connection between two worlds in which precision, style and high performance are paramount — that of watchmaking, and that of the world’s greatest automobiles. Ralph Lauren finds his inspiration in one of the most legendary cars of all time: his award-winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe — only four of which are known to exist in the world.
Five new Ralph Lauren Automotive timepieces are offered for 2015, using a combination of materials, including rare hardwoods, to emulate the richness and clarity of the Bugatti’s dash, which has been a model for the Ralph Lauren Automotive timepieces since the collection launched in 2011, and which continues to influence the designer's vision. Two of the new timepieces feature wooden bezels in amboyna burl, while three others display elm burl wood on the dial.
The new RL Automotive Skeleton features an open-worked, hand-wound mechanical movement. The caliber RL1967 is the first open-worked movement Ralph Lauren has ever presented. The depth of the movement is accentuated with a black finish on the plate and bridges, which offers a subtle contrast to the black finish on the stainless steel shot-blasted case. The letters “RL” at 12 o’clock, on a circular element slightly offset from the mainspring barrel, are a proud statement of creative integrity. The steel and brass elements of the gear train, as well as the large balance oscillating at 18,000 vph and the sword-shaped, black oxidized hands coated with beige Super-LumiNova® further enrich the visual experience. The composition is framed by a lustrous amboyna burl bezel.
Amboyna burl, which must be expertly cut and finished to expose its richly detailed swirling grain patterns, has a long history of use in luxury automotive interiors. It forms a strong bridge between the automotive and horological worlds, and highlights the RL Automotive Skeleton as a true celebration of Ralph Lauren’s love of beautiful machines.
The RL Automotive timepiece in a 45mm case size expresses the same philosophy, and has a similar engine — the caliber RL98295, a hand-wound mechanical movement made for Ralph Lauren by IWC. The movement is decorated with vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage (circular graining). The dial is finished in a galvanic, matte black, with beige Super-LumiNova® for the hour and minute hands and RL logo. Like the RL Automotive Skeleton, the RL Automotive timepiece has a bezel made from rare amboyna burl, which has been hand-selected, cut and treated to give it an irresistible depth of color.
The RL Automotive model features a stainless steel shot-blasted case with black finish, and a smoky sapphire crystal caseback. The visible screws securing the bezel, and the sinuous but masculine lines of the case with its gracefully tapered lugs, reinforce the designer’s vision of a timepiece expressing the essential spirit of the automotive world.
The new Automotive Chronograph features a dial enhanced with elm burl, which offers a subtly different expression of grain and depth from the amboyna burl. The Automotive Chronograph illustrates the fascination of high-precision instruments with a tachymetric scale, used to measure speed over a certain distance (the bezel is calibrated in miles per hour), and a case with alternating brushed and polished finishes, and six functional bezel screws. The flat, vintage-style chronograph pushers have a subtle angle that mirrors the curvature of the case. Inside is a movement worthy of a timepiece dedicated to precision measurement: the self-winding caliber RL751A/1 chronograph, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre for Ralph Lauren.
The Automotive Chronometer also illustrates the art of high-precision horology. The emphasis on clarity in measuring time to the second is shown by such details as the outer screwed-down track for the seconds hand, which also secures the elm burl dial décor. The Automotive Chronometer shares the black oxidized sword hands found in the other Automotive timepieces, as well as the use of beige-colored Super-LumiNova®. Inside is the caliber RL300-1, certified as a chronometer by the COSC (the independent Swiss bureau for the certification of chronometer timepieces).
Two versions of the Automotive Chronometer are offered for 2015 — one boldly proportioned at 45mm in diameter, and the other at 39mm for those who desire a more classic presence.
THE RALPH LAUREN RL67 SAFARI COLLECTION
In 1984, Ralph Lauren introduced his first Safari collection — a groundbreaking fusion of the spirit of travel and adventure with an effortless and timeless elegance. The romance of this world, and its expression of keen appreciation for the beauty of nature, continues today in the RL67 Safari watch collection.
The RL67 Safari Chronometer with khaki-colored dial continues the integration of design motifs expressive of the Safari collection with an azure khaki, matte-varnished dial that glows with a warm, subdued light. In contrast, the case is stainless steel, but with a blackened “aged” finish that expresses the dignity of a beautifully made tool intended for daily use, with a form-follows-function integrity. On the dial, the case is complemented with black Super-LumiNova® hour and minute hands, and an orange second hand. Inside is the self-winding caliber RL300-1 — a COSC-certified chronometer movement. The RL67 Safari Chronometer with khaki dial is offered on a brown alligator strap and is available in both 45mm and 39mm case sizes.
The RL67 Safari Chronometer with camouflage dial is a striking new edition to the Safari timepiece collection. The azure camouflage pattern on the dial is an extension of Ralph Lauren’s well-known ability to express the elegance and fashion of utilitarian design elements. As with all RL67 Safari Chronometer models, the one with camouflage dial features a case with an “aged” blackened steel finish, and houses the RL300-1 self-winding chronometer movement. It is offered in a 45mm or 39mm case size on a dark olive green alligator strap.
THE RALPH LAUREN 867 COLLECTION
The Ralph Lauren 867 collection, named after the iconic New York flagship store at 867 Madison Avenue, reflects the designer’s enduring fascination for the unparalleled splendor of the Art Deco era. Strong abstract geometry and richness of materials continue to make the 867 collection of timepieces some of the most supremely elegant and versatile timepieces in the world.
The Ralph Lauren 867 Tuxedo watch brings a spirit of glamour and celebration to the 867 timepiece collection for women. Reinventing the international sophistication of the 1930s and the classic rectilinear geometry of the Art Deco era, the 867 Tuxedo timepiece achieves a modern and powerful feminine presence. The 18K rose gold case features open, arch-shaped attachments for the strap, creating a gracefully elongated presence on the wrist, while the juxtaposition of black Arabic and Roman numerals on the off-white lacquered dial anchor the timepiece firmly in Deco design language.
The 867 Tuxedo timepiece will be offered in a 21.50mm size, for the first time in the collection. This new smaller size will be powered by a Swiss quartz caliber and decorated with Côtes de Genève.
The Ralph Lauren 867 Petite Diamond timepiece brings the sumptuousness of diamonds together with the restrained yet bold lines of the 867 collection, creating a luxurious and refined timepiece. The 21.50mm 18K white gold case is set with 289 round, brilliant-cut diamonds as well as 12 baguette-cut diamonds and is presented on a black suede strap. The Ralph Lauren 867 Petite Diamond timepiece houses a Swiss quartz movement, decorated with Côtes de Genève.
RALPH LAUREN WATCH & JEWELRY CO.
Launched in 2008, the Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewelry Company, S.A.R.L., is a joint venture between Ralph Lauren and Richemont, two leading companies in the global luxury market. In this unique partnership, Ralph Lauren and Richemont design, manufacture and distribute luxury watches and fine jewelry through select Ralph Lauren boutiques and the finest independent watch and jewelry retailers worldwide. The watch collections feature the highest-quality Swiss Made manufacture movements and Ralph Lauren’s most iconic inspirations, from the Ralph Lauren Stirrup watches to the Slim Classique and 867 timepieces to the Sporting, Safari and Automotive collections. Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry includes the signature Ralph Lauren Equestrian, Diamond Link and Chunky Chain collections, handcrafted with the finest materials and techniques.