Monday, January 19, 2015

Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton


In 2015, the brand unveils six new Ralph Lauren Automative timepieces. Today, we are presenting the RL Automotive Skeleton.

The Ralph Lauren Automotive collection demonstrates the 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 a legendary car: his award-winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe.
In 2015, the brand unveils six new Ralph Lauren Automative timepieces.

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.

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.