SIHH 2015

RL Automotive Skeleton

An extraordinarily sophisticated and deeply personal vision
of the art of horology.

The Watch Quote™ - February 2nd, 2015

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.

Six 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.

Three 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.

Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelry RL Automotive Skeleton
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Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton

Technical data

Movement :Caliber: RL1967
Mechanical manual winding
Swiss manufacture black skeleton movement
Exclusively designed for Ralph Lauren
Frequency:18,000 vibrations/hour (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve:~45 hours
Components : 156
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock
Case :Black shot-blasted stainless steel
Bezel :amboyna burl wood
Diameter : 44,80 mm
Thickness :11,20 mm
Glass:Convex sapphire crystal, internal colorless anti-reflective treatment
Caseback :Sapphire crystal back secured with 6 screws
Water resistance :5 bar (~ 50 m)
Crown :Black shot-blasted stainless steel with RL initials logo
Dial:Black matte galvanic
at 12 o’clock:Azure subdial with beige RL logo
at 6 o’clock :Azure second subdialwith white Arabic numbers
Hour, minute:Sword-shaped hands; shiny black oxidized with beige Super-LumiNova®
Second:Sword-shaped hand; shiny beige varnished
Strap :Black alligator, black Alsavel© lining
Buckle :Black shot-blasted stainless steel pin buckle

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