Ralph Lauren Presents the New RL Automotive Skeleton
For Ralph Lauren, the new RL Automotive Skeleton was an opportunity to present a skeletonized mechanical caliber. The movement is the openworked, manually-wound RL1967, which beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour. It features black finishing on the bridges and the mainplate.
This is a hue that harmonizes well with the sandblasting of the stainless steel case, as well as the beige "RL" initials that appear at 12 o'clock, an esthetic response to the slightly recessive barrel spring. The sword-shaped hands, with black oxide and covered with beige, luminescent SuperLuminova®, sweep the dial, which is embraced by a warm, wooden bezel made of varnished amboyna burl.
Exclusive Shooting of the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton
If there ever was a watch collection inspired by the automobile that really deserves being noted, it is probably the Ralph Lauren collection unveiled in Geneva in 2015. The five models are indeed inspired by the car of cars, the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupé dating to 1938.
Let's see: is this Bugatti a real car? Or is it merely a myth? According to the automobile designer Paul Bracq, to whom we owe that most beautiful Mercedes' from the 1960s, it is a "monument in the history of French bodywork." And, he adds, an inexhaustible one as well. "It expresses Latin esthetics better than any other car. This sculpture exudes a fabulous feeling of lightness."
Drive Slow: Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton
The Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton is in many ways a unique sort of offering. While there are automotive and racing themed watches a plenty from more brands than I can count, Ralph Lauren has come out with something that recalls a time when performance and elegance went hand-in-hand, and is unlike anything else out there at the moment.
The round case’s sleek lines and sloped lugs immediately conjures an image of the classical car from which the RL Automotive Skeleton is inspired, Ralph Lauren’s award-winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe with a framework that’s nothing short of seductive. Interestingly, this isn’t your typical black PVD or DLC coating, but rather a thermal and chimical treatment that infuses the in case a matte black color through the process commonly used in making gunmetal. It certainly appears to be thicker and more scratch resistant than traditional surface coatings and platings.
Review: Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton
Launched in 2015, the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton is the flagship of the collection. Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s own 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, the watch represents the brand’s first open-worked timepiece.
«I’ve always been inspired by automotive design — the materials, the lines, but also the power and functionality. Cars are like art — moving art — an accomplishment in mechanics and precision.» - Ralph Lauren. Details from the automotive world extend throughout the timepiece, from the amboyna burl wood bezel to the black alligator strap that is reminiscent of the rich interior of Mr. Lauren’s Bugatti. Even the Arabic numerals emulate those found on the car’s iconic gauges.