Here we present a preview of Ralph Lauren’s brand new 45 mm Automotive Chronograph timepiece which will be unveiled at the much awaited SIHH 2015 luxury watch fair (19 – 23 Jan, Geneva).
This model belongs to high performance and elegant Automotive Collection that was created as an expression of Ralph Lauren’s ability to create worlds of design that represent not just beautiful objects, but a philosophy of living. The Automotive timepieces represent an especially personal vision of watch design. Ralph Lauren’s collection of automobiles, painstakingly assembled over decades, is one of the finest in the world, and many of the design elements of the Automotive collection are derived from the same fusion of aesthetics and mechanical excellence.
Echoing automotive coachwork, the Automotive collection is characterized by case shapes that combine strong geometry with sweeping, graceful curves. The exposed screws on the bezel, as well as the brushed and polished surfaces of the cases, express the same mechanical fascination as a powerful engine.
The dials of the Automotive watches are styled after the perfectly composed cockpit instruments of the world’s finest cars. In particular, the Automotive collection has been inspired by Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, in its use of carefully selected elm burl wood as a dial element — the same material found on the automobile’s dashboard.
This particular chronograph timepiece from Ralph Lauren’s Sporting Collection is equipped with a mechanical self winding movement made by prestigious Swiss watch manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for Ralph Lauren.
Dressed in a round stainless steel case with brushed and polished finish, this timepiece boasts an impressive dial inspired by the dashboard of Ralph Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe . This timepiece features black matte galvanic inner dial that also houses chronograph counters, small seconds and a date window. The brown elm burl wood outer dial add further elegance to this exceptional chronograph model. The tachymeter scale is useful to calculate speeds and also enhances the aesthetic look of the timepiece in contrast with wood dial and steel exterior.
Ralph Lauren Sporting Collection
45 mm Automotive Chronograph Model – Steel – Wood Dial
Swiss manufacture movement, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for Ralph Lauren
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: ~65 hours
Decor: vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage (circular graining)
Hours, minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock
Chronograph function: center chronograph hand measuring elapsed seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Date display at 6 o’clock
Stainless steel, polished & brushed
Diameter: 44.80 mm; Thickness: 12.20 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, internal colorless anti-reflective treatment
Sapphire crystal back secured with 6 screws
Water resistance: 5 bar (~50 m)
Crown: stainless steel with RL logo
Colour: black matte galvanic center, brown elm burl wood outer decor
Hour: beige Super-LumiNova® Arabic numbers, printed
Counters & tachymeter scale: white, printed
Hour, minute: sword-shaped hands; shiny black oxidized with beige SuperLuminova®
Subdials: sword-shaped hands; shiny white, varnished
Center chronograph: baton hand; shiny white, varnished
Black alligator, black Alsavel® lining
Stainless steel pin buckle, polished & brushed