SIHH 2013 PuristSPro Report: Ralph Lauren (M.Teillol-Foo & PuristSProTeam)
Last Years' (2012) Star of the Show: Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive
The Ralph Lauren watch collections offer new variations of existing models. This was so in 2012 when a steel bracelet version of my favourite Ralph Lauren watch was introduced.
I really prefer the original leather strap version of the Sporting Automotive watch, which is decorated with an elm burl wood dial frame inspired by the dashboard of Mr Lauren's 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. The wood frame surrounds a matte black galvanic dial that is reminescent of the instrument gauges on the Atlantic Coupe with legible Arabic numerals. The 44.8 mm case contains an IWC FA Jones movement.
"The watches I’ve been drawn to represent a passion for design and a respect for tradition and craftsmanship. A watch also represents something personal. It reflects your individuality and taste — from its functionality to its aesthetic. This year, I returned to the themes of some of my favorite inspirations — the rugged romance of a safari, the refined sports of sailing and horseback riding, the glamour of art deco. And each timepiece is the result of the world’s best craftspeople using rare complications and the finest materials. I invite you to share my vision for luxury watchmaking, and experience the unique beauty and precision of each timepiece set within the worlds that inspired them."
There are novelties in each of the Ralph Lauren Watch Collections:
2013 Star of the Show: RL67 Safari Tourbillon
The RL67 Safari Tourbillon juxtaposes the ruggedness of a sport watch silhouette and gunmetal finish with the incongruous luxury
of a Tourbillon complication and refined alligator strap. I think the colour treatment of the strap evokes the safari feel and is vital to the design cues.
RL67 self-winding mechanical 13 ¼’’’ tourbillon movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. Finished by hand, each timepiece and its components—case, bezel, crown, buckle, buttons and screws—are sandblasted, brushed, polished and chamfered.
Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the steel of the case undergoes a chemical and thermal 'aging' treatment that increases its durability and transforms the silver sheen into a rugged blackened finish. This technique requires a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail
and expert craftsmanship.
Other Novelties 2013:
RALPH LAUREN RL67 SAFARI COLLECTION
"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
RL67 Safari Automotive Chronograph
The classic Ralph Lauren Automotive timepiece is 'channelled' through the lens of his safari collection. The RL67 Automotive contrasts an innovative titanium resin case that recalls the rugged exterior of a safari lorry with an elm burlwood dial inspired by the interior of one of Ralph Lauren’s classic cars.
The RL67 Automotive Chronograph features Grade 5 titanium with dark green resin.
This 45mm 'all-terrain' watch timepiece exudes a masculine statement and is powered by a RL751A/1 self-winding mechanical movement. The cross-collection and cross-design cues of the classic dial inlaid with elm burlwood are explored.
Similar movement RL751A/1
RL67 Safari Chronometer
The RL Chronometer has a vintage look; the dial is distinctive with cream-colored Arabic numerals, larger at 6 and 12 o’clock, and an orange seconds hand. The 45mm diameter case is made of "aged" blackened steel and contains the RL300-1 automatic movement. The signature faded olive canvas strap evokes the romance of the safari.
RALPH LAUREN SPORTING COLLECTION
"I love the unexpected—the contrast between sport and luxury. My sensibility is sporty and masculine, but with an international sophistication and sense of refinement." —Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren Sporting World Time
For 2013, Ralph Lauren presents a nautical interpretation of this timepiece, evocative of international racing and sailing. The new Sporting World Time features a brushed stainless steel case with a dial that features the names of 24 cities. The day/night indicator, helps simultaneous displays the local time and a 2nd time zone via a city disc.
The deep blue lacquered dial is highlighted by the bright red seconds hand. Water-resistant to 100 m and with a screw-lock crown, this 45mm watch is paired with a cobalt blue alligator strap and matching pin buckle. The RL939 movement is visible through an open back, beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) for a power reserve of 40 hours.
RALPH LAUREN STIRRUP COLLECTION
"When I named my company Polo in 1967, I wanted to celebrate the grace and beauty of horse riding, an elegant equestrian heritage—but at the same time create something new, something that would be iconic and timeless." —Ralph Lauren
Launched in 2009 the Ralph Lauren Stirrup collection features 20 models today. Designed for both men and women, the collection is offered in three sizes - small, medium and large – and different materials - white or rose gold, platinum and stainless steel - and many are adorned with diamonds.
For 2013, Ralph Lauren introduces two new timepieces; as jewelry and as testaments to watchmaking.
Ralph Lauren Stirrup Steel Link—Small model
The new stainless steel small stirrup case houses a quartz movement and interplays with the fluidity of the steel chain-link bracelet. Each link interlocks with each other so that the bracelet lies comfortably flat on the wrist, following its curves.
Ralph Lauren Stirrup Diamond Link—Medium model
Ralph Lauren Stirrup Diamond Link is now available in a beautiful medium size, and full-pavé diamond chain link bracelet. Over 1,900 diamonds are used, with a total of 20 different sized diamonds for maximum bling. The bracelet links, designed for both comfort and beauty, are exquisitely and harmoniously integrated with the case.
Discreet hidden catches allow up to four links to be removed for a perfect fit. Every diamond is carefully grain set by hand, and nearly three months are required for gem-setting. The Ralph Lauren Stirrup Diamond Link houses a mechanical caliber RL701.
RALPH LAUREN 867 WATCH COLLECTION
"I have always been inspired by the design elements of the Art Deco era. For me, its bold geometric spirit and sophisticated modernity define a kind of glamour that is timeless and especially elegant when applied to the art of watchmaking." —Ralph Lauren
Named in honour of the designer’s historic New York Flagship at 867 Madison Avenue, the Ralph Lauren 867 Watch collection represents his modern interpretation of Art Deco design.
Ralph Lauren 867 Diamond Watch
For 2013, Ralph Lauren presents one of his most extravagant timepieces: the Ralph Lauren 867 Diamond watch. This high jewelry piece reflects the Art Deco era. The 'Roaring Twenties' was a period of unmatched elegance and daring spirit of optimism.
The signature square case is set with glinting round and baguette-cut diamonds. As a striking contrast to the formal shape of the case, the black suede strap is decorated with ornate diamond-pavé arabesque motifs and fitted with a diamond deco folding clasp. The silver opaline dial and domed black Roman and Arabic numerals contribute to the elegant look.
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