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Ralph Lauren Stirrup Collection

by Michael Weare
1 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

RL Stirrup

This article was written and contributed by Jonathan Fairfield, a Writer and English teacher living in Thailand.

It has been a little over three years since Ralph Lauren expanded on its equestrian heritage and launched its inaugural Stirrup watch collection. A collaboration between Ralph Lauren Polo and Swiss luxury goods company Richemont, it’s fair to say that RL’s venture into the world of horology has been about more than merely creating the next run of the mill fashion watch.

With Ralph himself said to be an avid watch collector, it is interesting to see that he hasn’t gone down the same route as many other fashion houses who release a watch collection. It is often the case that fashion watches have little to do with being fine timepieces. Instead, branding is normally priority number one. Often fashion houses will design a nice case and dial then put a basic quartz movement inside. However, the Stirrup Collection sets itself apart from the majority of today’s fashion watches by using the movements Richemont owned Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget.

Ralph Lauren Stirrup Collection

Out of the four watch collections that are made by Ralph Lauren, it’s the Stirrup that is arguably the benchmark. Perhaps the most iconic, the collection resembles a classic Cartier design (plenty of Roman numerals) and is completed with a stirrup shaped case. Available for both men and women the collection comes in small, medium and large models, featuring a choice of functions including time only, small seconds or chronograph.

Embellished with diamonds and gems, cases are available in both white and rose gold, as well as platinum and steel. There is also a choice of either calf or alligator skin straps or linked bracelets.

The Ralph Lauren Stirrup Gold Link

Ralph Lauren Stirrup Gold Link

Probably the most sophisticated and feminine watch in the collection the Stirrup Gold Link is a good example of fine watchmaking and jewelry craftsmanship. Containing a total of 18 jewels and 131 separate components, it has a matching 18k rose gold case and bracelet. The watch also features a Piaget calibre RL430 manual winding mechanism that has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and a 40 hour power reserve. Measuring 20.5mm in diameter, the Ralph Lauren Stirrup Gold Link is water resistant to 30 metres.

The Ralph Lauren Stirrup Rose Gold Chronograph

Ralph Lauren Stirrp Rose Gold Chronograph

The Stirrup Chronograph pictured is the large, 18k rose gold model, with a brown alligator strap. With its masculine looks, the watch is both sporty and elegant and features a self winding RL750 calibre movement from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Aside from hours, minutes and seconds hands, you’ll also find three sub dials which include a 30 minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, a second counter at 6 o’clock and a 12 hour counter at the 9 o’clock position. The Chronograph’s large face is complemented by the use of Roman numerals, railroad style minute markers and black sword shaped hands, upon a white dial. Water resistant to 30 metres, the watch features 41 jewels and has 261 components. It also has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a 48 hour power reserve.

While some watch collectors may yet to be convinced that the Ralph Lauren Watch Collection are more than just fashion items, the American designer has set about creating a range of good solid watches that deserve to be taken seriously.

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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