I can’t believe SIHH 2015 is less than three month’s away! SIHH officially commences Jan 19-23. All of Richemont Groups brands will be showcasing their latest novelties including Ralph Lauren who is giving us a sneak peak of what we can expect.
One of the models Ralph Lauren will release at SIHH 2015 is the NEW Automotive Chronograph. This watch is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe.
The case is constructed out of polished and brushed stainless steel at almost 45 mm in case diameter. The bezel has six exposed screws, It has a convex AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 50 meters.
The movement is made by high end watch maker Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for Ralph Lauren, caliber RL751A/1 with 39 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 65 hours. It features vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage finishing that is a special decoration exclusive to Ralph Lauren. This movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.
The dial has a matte black galvanized center with a brown elm burl wood outer décor. The sword hands and Arabic Numerals have beige SuperLuminova, . The handmade wooden dial element — crafted from specially chosen loupe d’orme, or elm burl wood — reflects the interior trim of the Type 57 SC’s cockpit. In order to give the dial the same visual detail and impact as the automobile’s instrument panel, only veneers with the right concentration of knots and grains were chosen. Each veneer is selected individually for each watch, and as no two veneers are alike, each watch is a unique piece.
The functions of this watch include: 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 and date display at 6 o’clock. To round out the refinement, the watch is fitted on a lack alligator strap with black Alsavel lining and a stainless steel pin buckle.
Even though I am not a big fan of the Arabic Numerals being cut off to make room for the subdials, this is a great looking watch from Ralph Lauren. It makes me curious to see what else they have up their sleeve for SIHH 2015.