Ralph Lauren expands its square-cased Art Deco 867 collection with four slightly smaller models and also adds precious metal cases and top-notch manual-wind movements to the collection’s offerings.
The new models add two new case sizes to the collection with two 32mm models and two 28mm models. Both are offered in sterling silver or rose gold cases. The collection had previously only offered 35mm square-cased steel models.
These elegant, time-only designs echo Art Deco era glamour with nicely proportioned lacquered white dials made with concentric squares with Arabic and Roman numerals and sleek Breguet-style hands.
All the new models are powered by an extra-flat mechanical manual winding Swiss movement made for Ralph Lauren by Piaget and based on the watchmaker’s legendary Caliber 430. The movements are hand finished with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining (perlage).
Ralph Lauren fits each watch with an interchangeable shiny black alligator strap with a sterling silver or 18-karat rose gold pin buckle.
Prices: $8,250 (28mm silver case), $15,500 (28mm rose gold case), $8,350 (32mm silver case) and $17,000 (32mm rose gold case).
Oris adds to its Caliber 400 series of long power reserve movements with Caliber 473, a new manual-wind movement with a 120-hour (five-day) power reserve that the independent watchmaker will debut in a new watch, the Big Crown Calibre 473.
While Oris has previously fit its Big Crown Pointer Date fit with the automatic Caliber 403, also a five-day-power reserve caliber, the new watch will premiere the latest manual-wind iteration of the Caliber 400 series, which debuted in 2020 as the first Oris in-house automatic movement in forty years. The new caliber is the watchmaker’s tenth in-house caliber in ten years.
Derived from the firm’s well-known Big Crown Pointer Date, the new watch is a 38mm steel model with a blue dial displaying the familiar Big Crown’s familiar central two-hand time display with a central date hand and small seconds at 6 o’clock.
Like the full series of Oris Caliber 400 movements, Caliber 473 is also constructed to demonstrate high levels of anti-magnetism.
And like earlier models fit with Caliber 400 series movements, the new watch also comes with a ten-year warranty and ten-year recommended service intervals. Oris notes that new caliber took four years to develop and is the subject of a pending patent.
The watchmaker has placed the 120-hour power reserve indicator on the back of Caliber 473 to inform the wearer when its time to rewind. As a bonus, Oris is premiering its new stainless steel butterfly clasp with fine adjustment system on the Big Crown Calibre 473.
Specifications: Oris Big Crown Calibre 473
Movement: Manual-wind Oris Caliber 473, 120- hour power reserve indicator on reverse, fine timing device and stop-second, accuracy -3/+5 seconds a day (within COSC tolerances), power reserve of 120 hours, highly anti-magnetic.
Case:Multi-piece 38mm stainless steel, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside, stainless steel screw-in security crown. Caseback is stainless steel, screwed with see-through sapphire glass. 50 meters of water resistance.
Dial: Blue with luminous indices, numbers and hands printed with Super-LumiNova.
Strap: Olive brown, crafted from sustainably sourced deer leather produced by Oris’s Swiss partner Cervo Volante. New Oris-developed stainless steel butterfly clasp with fine adjustment system.
Parmigiani Fleurier has expanded on the work done for last year’s impressive unique-piece La Rose Carrée pocket watch to create the unique-piece La Rosa Celeste, the first minute-repeater wristwatch within a new five-piece Les Roses Carrées collection.
You may recall that a year ago the luxury watchmaker celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with the release of the La Rose Carrée pocket watch, a unique minute repeater based on a Louis-Elysée Piguet caliber that had been restored in Parmigiani Fleurier’s workshops.
The new Rosa Celeste offers a 42mm white gold case that is hand-engraved with the same motif found on the 2021 pocket watch, and also includes a hunter’s caseback. Theback and the chiseled dial of the new watch are finished with richly detailed blue grand feu enamel, a painstaking artisanal process that requires multiple high-temperature firings.
For the repeater, Parmigiani Fleurier chose to create cathedral gongs. Here, the chime has been optimized by a suspended movement and with the heel of the gongs physically connected to the case. In addition, watchmakers have redesigned the case to create resonance pockets and to lighten the white gold mass.
Unusually, Parmigiani Fleurier watchmakers have also devised a ringing sequence automatically skips dead time. For example, at 3:19, the three chimes for the hour are immediately followed by a double chime for the quarter-hour and again, without silence, by up to four chimes for the minute.
The beautifully skeletonized PF355 caliber also features an unusually long 72-hour power reserve. Parmigiani Fleurier mounts the new La Rosa Celeste on a blue, hand-sewn alligator leather strap.
Price: CHF 600,000.
Specifications: Parmigiani Fleurier La Rosa Celeste
Movement: PF355 manual wind with minute repeater on cathedral gongs, continuous chiming sequence. Power reserve: 72 hours, 21,600 Vph (3 Hz). Finishings: Côtes de Genève, openworked bridges, hand-beveling and circular graining.
Case: 42mm by 13.39mm white gold, polished and hand-engraved with “La Rose Carrée” pattern, crown topped with cabochon-cut natural sapphire, sapphire crystal and back. The Hunter caseback is white gold, hand-engraved with “La Rose Carée” pattern, Grand feu enamel, interior engraving, “Rosa Celeste”, “PF” seal and Michel Parmigiani’s signature. Caseback engraving serial number, “Parmigiani Fleurier,” Swiss Made, and ‘Pièce unique’. Water resistance: 10 meters.
Dial: Hand-engraved with chiseled pattern, blue “Grand feu” enamel, hand-applied indices, 18-karat gold and rhodium-plated appliques, hours and minutes hands in 18-karat gold, rhodium-plated, skeletonized and delta-shaped.
Bracelet: Blue alligator leather strap, double-sided, hand-stitched with 18-karat white gold pin buckle with hand-engraved “La Rose Carée” pattern.
Ralph Lauren expands its watch offerings with Polo Vintage 67, a new collection of manual-wind watches styled to evoke the look of timepieces of the 1920s and 1930s.
The collection features time-only models with distinctive, retro-styled black lacquer numerals, hands and markers, all set within an equally vintage-styled opaline silvered dial. A handsome boxed sapphire crystal tops the nicely proportioned dial, which also features a sub-seconds display.
This new series is decidedly more classically designed than the recent Ralph Lauren Polo models with the brand’s Polo Bear or Polo Pony on their dials.
Inside the 40mm aged-steel case Ralph Lauren places a customized La Joux-Perret manual-wind movement that offers an impressive ninety-hour power reserve. From the clear sapphire caseback the owner can eye the movement, which exposes its hand-finished vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining.
Ralph Lauren attaches an interchangeable burnished tan calf strap (with a removable back pad) to the watch. While Ralph Lauren has thoughtfully pre-aged the Polo Vintage 67’s case and dial style, the strap will age slowly as you wear it.
A.Lange & Söhne updates its Zeitwerk mechanical digital watch with a new manual-wind movement that offers seventy-two hours of power reserve, twice the power reserve of its predecessor, and adds a new pusher at 4 o’clock that can independently advance the hour display.
First seen in the Zeitwerk Date, the new hour pusher is particularly useful when crossing into a new time zone while wearing the watch. The wearer still sets the minutes using the crown. The increased power reserve of the new manual-winding caliber L043.6 is derived from a new, highly efficient dual mainspring.
The watchmaker has also subtly reworked the prominent ‘time bridge’ across the center of the dial, creating more room for the subsidiary seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position.
Also, you’ll see an addition to the power reserve indicator scale at the top of the dial, which now marks the final twelve hours in red to clearly indicate that the dual mainspring tension is gradually waning.
A. Lange & Söhne created the Zeitwerk in 2009 as a wrist-sized version of a five-minute clock at the Semper Opera House in Dresden. A world-first, the watch debuted large jumping numerals for the hours and minutes, both controlled by a constant-force escapement. (The A. Lange & Söhne website offers a full technical description of the new Zeitwerk movement).
The beautifully finished 451-part movement is visible through a clear sapphire caseback. which reveals a traditional three-quarter movement plate and the watchmaker’s always breathtaking hand-engraved balance and escape-wheel cocks.
Now slightly thinner than its predecessor, the new A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk measures 41.9mm by 12.2mm and will be sold in two versions. One will be pink gold with a black dial and a time bridge made of untreated German silver.
The platinum edition has a silver rhodium-hued dial with a black time bridge. The pink-gold model come with a black alligator leather strap while the platinum version is paired with a dark-brown alligator leather strap. Price upon request.