SIHH Preview: Ralph Lauren Sporting Watch

Ralph Lauren Sporting

Ralph Lauren has long looked to automobiles as a source of inspiration for his designs. For 2011, Ralph Lauren presents the first timepiece inspired by his personal car collection, with the introduction of a Ralph Lauren Sporting watch featuring a wood dial, recalling the refined interior of his model 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe.

The new Ralph Lauren Sporting timepiece features a stainless steel case with a unique dial in rich loupe d’ormeor elm burl, in honor of this car’s iconic wooden dashboard and trim detail. The warmth of the wood is contrasted by the dial’s matte black galvanic center and by the black calf leather strap, reminiscent of the juxtaposition of the wooden dashboard and black leather seating in Ralph Lauren’s prized vintage automobile.

True to the car’s original dials, this watch displays Arabic numerals for enhanced readability. Sword-shaped hands tell the hour and minutes – marked by an open railroad-style track, while the seconds are indicated by an arrow-shaped hand and closed railroad-style track within the subdial at 6 o’clock. The 44.8mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 50 meters. The bezel and dial are accented by functional screws, while the crown displays the iconic RL initials logo.

The Ralph Lauren Sporting watch is powered by a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber RL98295, made by IWC for Ralph Lauren,featuring a power reserve of 45 hours. As with all Ralph Lauren Sporting Collection models, this timepiece features a sapphire crystal case back, revealing the movement’s Côtes de Genève and Perlage finish work on the plate.

The USA list price is $13,200.

Additional information appears below the images.

Ralph Lauren Sporting watch
Ralph Lauren Sporting dial detail
Ralph Lauren Sporting movement


MOVEMENT Mechanical manual winding
Manufacture movement made by IWC for Ralph Lauren
Caliber: RL98295
Frequency: 18,000 vibrations/hour (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Components: 156, including balance wheel with screws and Breguet-style spiral
Décor: Vertical Côtes de Genève and Perlage

FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, seconds subdial at 6 o’clock

CASE: Steel, polished/brushed
Diameter: 44.80 mm
Convex sapphire crystal, external and internal colorless anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 5 bar (~50 m)
Crown: Steel with RL initials logo

DIAL: Color – matte black galvanic, matte brown elm burl wood decoration
Shiny beige luminescent substance Arabic numerals, printed
Shiny white open railroad-style minute track, printed

SUBDIAL: Color – matte black galvanic
Shiny white closed railroad-style second track, printed

HANDS: Hour, minute: Sword-shaped hands
Color: Shiny black oxidized with beige luminescent substance
Second: Arrow-shaped hand
Color: Shiny white

STRAP: Black calf, black leather lining

BUCKLE: Steel pin buckle, polished/brushed

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