Ralph Lauren : the spirit of Western style

 

Is Ralph Lauren only about this instantaneously recognizable polo player logo or this fun, sweet (and elegant) Polo Bear? Far from that, Ralph Lauren watches was created in 2008 in partnership with Richemont, two leading brands in the global luxury market. Ralph Lauren might have a greater awareness and credibility in the fashion and automotive segments rather than as a watch brand, but this is deemed to change sooner or later. Over the past decade, Ralph Lauren watches have gone a long way to create their own, strong identity and propose high quality timepieces with Swiss movements provided by prestigious brands from the Richemont group. This unique Ralph Lauren identity is found across all watch collections developed by the brand, be it the very recognizable Ralph Lauren Stirrup (dedicated to women), the round Ralph Lauren 888, the art-deco-style Ralph Lauren 867, the Ralph Lauren Automotive line, the Ralph Lauren Safari, or, of course, the latest Ralph Lauren American Western collection.

RL Automotive: the icon

The Ralph Lauren Automotive collection has rapidly become the iconic watch by the Ralph Lauren brand. The most unique aspect of the watch is definitely its wooden bezel, reminiscent of the unique cars collected by Mr Ralph Lauren himself, the most famous of which is his 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. The wood of the bezel is protected by several layers of varnish and has a 15-year guarantee against breakage. But beyond this outstanding bezel, the Ralph Lauren Automotive is also a timepiece that stands out through its black gunmetal steel case, its black alligator leather strap and or course its Swiss movement made by one of the Richemont brands (Jaeger-LeCoultre or IWC). The price of this timepiece is in line with the quality of the product and wearing a Ralph Lauren Automotive watch is a strong statement, just as it is to wear the legendary Ralph Lauren polo shirt or even the famous Polo Bear.

Safari chic

Let’s not forget to mention a watch that borrows a same case design as the Ralph Lauren Automotive collection and that positions itself as a relatively affordable sports-elegant line. With a price positioning of about $ 5000, the RL67 Ralph Lauren Safari timepieces were introduced in 2013 and also feature pre-aged steel cases with gunmetal finishes. The dials of the Ralph Lauren Safari watches are very readable and reminiscent of the automobile universe. The Safari watches are available in different sizes ranging from a 39 mm case to an impressive 50 mm case for the typical confident men. The more recent 50 mm case variation of the Ralph Lauren Safari features a Grand Date indication right below the 12 o’clock marker. There are two options available for this elegant watch with a Swiss movement: a black dial version mounted on a canvas strap and a camouflage version mounted on a black alligator leather strap.

Stirrup spirit

Beyond cars, Mr Ralph Lauren is also passionate about horses and the Stirrup collection is the expression of this passion. The case shape of the Stirrup timepieces is very unique as it does actually mirror the contour of a real stirrup. If the Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch was essentially designed for women and proposed in a stainless steel case version, the brand decided to also produce some more exclusive versions with an 18K gold case for both men and women. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ralph Lauren Stirrup collection, a new collection of watches with a “mini”-sized case was created and a wide variety of leather straps proposed. The purple alligator leather strap mounted on the 18K rose gold case is particularly stunning. The Swiss movement on this watch is an automatic movement produced by Jaeger-LeCoultre, one of the most prestigious brands of the Richemont group. This recognizable timepiece is a must-have among horse lovers and is available at an affordable price.

The sprit of Western style

Everybody knows the style of Mr Ralph Lauren, often dressed in Western riding style with cowboy boots and vintage rodeo leather belts. For the 50th anniversary of the brand, this is precisely the thematic that Ralph Lauren has chosen for his collection of precious timepieces: Western style. The company has undoubtedly invested a huge amount of time and resources in the design of the American Western collection, a limited-production watch collection inspired by Ralph Lauren’s love of the American West. The Ralph Lauren American Western watches are proposed in different case shapes: a round case and a more unusual cushion-shaped case. The cases are either in sterling silver or 18K gold and are all hand-engraved and antiqued by master jewellers in New York City. This anniversary collection of Ralph Lauren gold and silver timepieces displays a rugged elegance and authenticity that are extremely appealing. The craftsmanship work put into this work is particularly visible on the beautiful hand-tooled leather straps as well as on the gold cases. The motives are hand-tooled in Texas and then burnished in Italy using fine vachetta leather. The Ralph Lauren American Western watch is also proposed in a large size skeleton version with a 45 mm round sterling silver case. The most exclusive piece in the collection (limited edition of 50 watches worldwide) is a 50 mm pocket watch in antiqued sterling silver. On the cover, a beautiful floral motive on which a gold “RL” logo and a gold steer-head have been placed as a finishing touch. If you are willing to pay the price for this exclusive anniversary pocket watch ($44’000), then time is ticking and you had better hurry up if you want to secure

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Pocket Model with Steer Head Cover 50mm - Engraved Sterling Silver RLR0919902

Ralph Lauren Western Pocket Model with Steer Head Cover 50mm - Engraved Sterling Silver RLR0919902

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Collection Cushion Model 42mm - Engraved Sterling Silver RLR919700

Ralph Lauren Western Collection Cushion Model 42mm - Engraved Sterling Silver RLR919700

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Cushion  Model 42mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911700

Ralph Lauren Western Cushion Model 42mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911700

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Collection Pocket Model 50mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911100

Ralph Lauren Western Collection Pocket Model 50mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911100

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Collection Round Model 45 mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911701

Ralph Lauren Western Collection Round Model 45 mm - Engraved Rose Gold RLR0911701

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Ralph Lauren - Ralph Lauren Western Collection 45 mm - Engraved Sterling Silver  RLR919701

Ralph Lauren Western Collection 45 mm - Engraved Sterling Silver RLR919701

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Ralph Lauren - RALPH LAUREN WESTERN COLLECTION Round Skeleton Model
 - 45mm Engraved Sterling Silver

RALPH LAUREN WESTERN COLLECTION Round Skeleton Model
 - 45mm Engraved Sterling Silver

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