For 2015, Ralph Lauren introduces the Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph. This watch is directly inspired by the instrument panel of Ralph Lauren’s legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe.
The timepiece’s curved case horns and chronograph pushers echo the graceful yet powerful lines of th eautomobile’s body, while the handmade wooden dial element—crafted from specially chosen loupe d’orme, or elm burl wood—reflects the interior trim of the Type 57 SC’s cockpit. In order to give the dial the same visual detail and impact as the automobile’s instrument panel, only veneers with the right concentration of knots and grains were chosen. Each veneer is selected individually for each watch, and as no two veneers are alike, each watch is a unique piece.
The movement that drives the Automotive Chronograph was made by Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture exclusively for Ralph Lauren. The self-winding caliber RL751A/1 runs in 39 jewels, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and offers a 65-hour power reserve. The Côtes de Genève and perlage movement finishing is a special decoration exclusive to Ralph Lauren. The case, measuring 45 mm, is made of polished and brushed stainless steel. This timepiece is fitted with a black alligator leather strap.