With flawless proportions and imposing façades, the aesthetics of art deco is an architectural marvel that has withstood the test of time, metamorphosing into touches of grand luxury in modern adaptations. And Ralph Lauren now reproduces this characteristic décor into haute joaillerie watches that bear the inimitable glamour of the Jazz Age, draped in a sparkling veneer of diamonds.
Taking inspiration from his Madison Avenue flagship stores, Ralph Lauren uses the impressive edifices to perpetuate his admiration for high jewellery and fine watchmaking with the RL888 Deco Diamond and the 867 Deco Diamond — both exquisitely crafted creations that embody the house's exacting design codes using grand feu enamel and handcraftsmanship. Produced in only eight exclusive pieces, the 867 model of this diamond duo is a stately geometric timepiece bearing masculine touches in its 27.5mm square case framed with baguette gems and a single rose cut diamond.
Interspersed with contrasting black spinels along its glittering bezel that complements the glossy alligator strap, the same thematic black colour threads across the timepiece in the form its Breguet-style hands. Ticking against its dial of off-white enamel, the 867 Diamond Deco is driven by the mechanical manual-winding calibre RL430 — a movement developed specifically for Ralph Lauren by Swiss maison Piaget. A striking individual of haute horlogerie, each piece is hand-engraved with a number denoting its exclusivity.
The yin to its yang, the RL888 Diamond Deco is the paragon of femininity that balances the scales, employing pure intricacy from its wholly gem-lined silhouette to its distinctive motifs. Meticulously hand-finished over a span of 600 hours, 414 baguette diamonds and 13 cut diamonds sparkle in unison, centred by polished black spinels running along its 38mm diametre and down its white gold bracelet. A beauty that dazzles with a stunning art deco display, this one-off jewellery timepiece is elegant brilliance encasing a precision core of calibre RL057, a quartz movement decorated with the Côtes de Genève.
Pieces of contemporary luxury and artisanal expertise, Ralph Lauren brings a decadent visual by marrying timeless sophistication between haute horologerie and haute joaillerie. Unsurpassable masterpieces, the Deco Diamond collection winks a brilliant glimmer in all its immortal beauty.
The Deco Diamond collection is available at the Ralph Lauren watch boutique.