Ralph Lauren presents a stunning new addition to his timepiece collection for 2015, the Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton Watch. The new RL Automotive Skeleton features an open-worked, hand-wound mechanical movement. 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.
all images courtesy of RALPH LAUREN