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SIHH Preview: Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Collection

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique

For Ralph Lauren, the 1920’s elegance and daring spirit of optimism have long been a source of inspiration. For 2012, Ralph Lauren presents two new interpretations of his Art Deco Slim Classique design featuring thin silhouettes, elegant guilloché engraving and masterful gem setting.

The first new Ralph Lauren 867 watch model places a single row of brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, set off by a glossy black frame that emphasizes the rectilinear form of the watch.

On the second new 867 model, two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds make the bezel sparkle. Diamonds have also been set into the lugs, and a single rosecut diamond adorns the crown.

Both models feature traditionally crafted silver opaline dials with strongly-defined black Roman and Arabic numerals. Presented in 18k white gold, these models are worn with a black alligator strap and matching white gold pin buckle, and both are executed in a classic 27.5mm width.

As with the other models in the Slim Classique collection, these watches are powered by an ultra-flat (2.1mm thin) hand-winding movement crafted by Piaget for Ralph Lauren.

Pricing has not been finalized, but as we go to press the suggested retail price for the 867 watch with one row of diamonds is $18,300, and the 867 watch with two rows of diamonds is $18,800.

Technical details appear below the images.

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique

Ralph Lauren 867 Watch, Two rows of Diamonds

MOVEMENT
Mechanical, manual winding
Manufacture movement, made by Piaget for Ralph Lauren
Caliber: RL430
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: ~40 hours
Components: 131
Decor: Vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage (circular graining)

FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes

CASE
18K white gold, polished, with one or two rows of diamonds
Size: 27.50 x 27.50 mm; Opening: 26.65 x 26.65 mm; Thickness: 5.75 mm
Flat sapphire crystal, external and internal colorless anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: 18K white gold (with a diamond on the model with two rows of diamonds)

GEMS
One row of diamonds: 96 total stones
Two rows of diamonds: 201 total stones

DIAL
Color: Silvery opaline
Black Roman numerals, printed

HANDS
Hour, minute: Breguet-style
Color: Shiny black, oxidized

STRAP
Black alligator, black Alsavel lining

BUCKLE
18K white gold pin buckle, polished

REFERENCES
One row of diamonds: RLR0132703
Two rows of diamonds: RLR0132702






About Mike Disher

Mike Disher's interest in watches dates to 1972, and he caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 he combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year attended his first Basel Fair. Disher managed TZ from 2000-2007, and joined WatchTime in 2008.

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