Race ahead: Ralph Lauren Automotive Collection

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Race ahead: Ralph Lauren Automotive Collection
Inspired by one of Ralph Lauren's vintage cars, the Ralph Lauren Automotive collection combines technical expertise with the thrill of the race

Two other things that Ralph Lauren loves besides fashion are: Vintage cars, and modern watches. "Cars are like art — moving art — an accomplishment in mechanics and precision," the designer said. So it comes as no surprise that the latest watch collection released by the house fuses Lauren's two loves. Taking inspiration from Lauren's own 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupé, the Ralph Lauren Automotive collection has been expanded this season with the addition of five new watches, which includes the brand's first openworked timepiece — the RL Automotive Skeleton.

Measuring in at 44.8mm, the RL Automotive Skeleton takes pride of place as the highlight piece of the collection. The watch is powered by a renowned IWC hand-wound mechanical movement, specially customised by Val Fleurier for Ralph Lauren. Other features of the watch include bridges of the movement that have been blackened and the main plate cut away to reveal the intricate mechanics underneath. The manually wound caliber RL1967 of the watch also runs at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and features a 45-hour power reserve. 

This being a collection that pays homage to one of the most iconic cars of all time, details taken from the car model have been cleverly incorporated into the design of all watches. The amboyna burl wood bezels, elm burl wood dials and black alligator straps are reminiscent of the rich interiors of a Bugatti, while the numerals mirror those found on the car's signature gauges. Mark our words: this collection's a keeper.

Text: Pakkee Tan

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