The all-American retailer Ralph Lauren has released three new collections of luxury watches. The Stirrup, Sporting and Slim Classique collections are the first examples of the designer’s watches since the company entered into an exclusive partnership with the Richemont Group in 2007 to form the Polo Ralph Lauren Watch and Jewellery Company.
The Richemont Group owns many luxury watch brands, such as Cartier, Panerai, Baume & Mercier and Jaeger-LeCoultre among many others.
Each of the three collections evoke the “Ralph Lauren” story, that being one of all things American, especially taking influence from the equestrian world. The Stirrup collection perhaps best reflects this lifestyle. The name comes from the fact that the watch face is shaped like a horse stirrup. Each is crafted from 18K gold and platinum. Lacquered white dials with Roman numeral hour markers add a classic feel. The movements for these watches were made for Ralph Lauren by Jaeger-LeCoultre. A limited platinum edition of 67 pieces of the Stirrup Chronograph is offered to commemorate the 1967 founding of Polo Ralph Lauren.
The Ralph Lauren Sporting watches are more casual in design than the Stirrup watches. The cases are made from polished stainless steel or 18-karat gold; feature a signature bezel with six round screws and classical dials with Roman numeral hour figures. Three models are offered: a chronograph with date, a hand-wound watch with small seconds, and a dual-time model with a a day / night indicator, and a power reserve complication.
The Ralph Lauren Slim Classique watch collection is the most elegant of the three. Although large in size (42 mm), the cases are slender and made from platinum or 18-karat gold. The elegant engravings on the bezel are complimented by guilloched opaline dials with black-oxidized or blued steel “Breguet” hands. The manual movement inside comes from Piaget. The Slim Classique watches come with alligator straps and an ardillon buckle in gold or platinum.
These new collections of luxury watches by Ralph Lauren will be available at the Ralph Lauren flagship boutique at 867 Madison Avenue in New York City.