Created in the purest tradition of Swiss watchmaking, Ralph Lauren timepieces are crafted entirely in Switzerland by master artisans. These precision instruments contain movements manufactured within the Richemont Group. Designed using only the finest materials, Ralph Lauren watches are both modern and timeless. Unique and immediately recognizable, they are the ultimate expression of the Ralph Lauren lifestyle.
Ralph Lauren has always had a passion for watches and has aspired to enter the luxury watch world for many years. In Richemont he has found the perfect partner to help him realize his vision.
The collaboration between Ralph Lauren and Richemont represents more than a joint venture between two companies. It is a true partnership between two men: Ralph Lauren, chairman and chief executive officer of Ralph Lauren, and Johann Rupert, executive chairman of Richemont, who share the same passions for attention to detail and quality, so important in the luxurious world of high-end watchmaking.
The result of this unique partnership is the creation of three collections of iconic timepieces: the Ralph Lauren Stirrup collection, the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique collection and the Ralph Lauren Sporting collection.
Each extraordinary timepiece offers a unique design that captures Ralph Lauren’s signature sensibilities of luxury, glamour and timelessness. Authentic and refined, the watches are comprehensively designed in white gold, rose gold, platinum or stainless steel, and many are brilliantly embellished with diamonds. Every timepiece resonates with Ralph Lauren’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic, showcasing exceptional finishes and intricate details with mechanical movements that embody the ultimate in Swiss-made excellence.
One of the most significant of the time-honored watchmaking art forms that gives the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique collection its unmatched sophistication is the delicate engraver's art known as guilloché.
Astonishing in its beauty and precision, guilloché is one of watchmaking’s most rarefied art forms. Engraved patterns interlace creating lines often so fine that they are barely visible to the naked eye. Created using an antique rose engine that dates back to the late 19th century, the unique guilloché pattern of the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique collection adorns the dial with a distinct barleycorn design, with 80 waves circling from the outer edge to the center of the dial. Each line is crafted by a master engraver, who skillfully controls the speed and pressure of his rose engine graver to ensure the flawless depth and symmetry of the pattern. Additional guilloché patterns frame the dial's Roman numerals and embellish the elegant bezel, representing traditional watchmaking excellence at its most exquisite.
The art of guilloché is rare. Only a few skilled artisans remain who carry on this old-world craft, and the rose engines themselves have not been produced since the middle of the last century. Those few individuals with the patience, dexterity and passion necessary to master the craft are as rare a breed as the rose engines themselves. While at one time guilloché was a thriving art with over a thousand craftsmen in Switzerland, today, the country has only four full-time guillocheurs.
In preserving and presenting the art of authentic guilloché, the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique collection evokes the rich history of some of the finest techniques of traditional watchmaking.