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.
As one of the few top-tier watchmakers also well versed in jewelry making, Piaget has always been able to combine both creative realms when designing watches. We’re accustomed to seeing technically advanced horology while being assured that Piaget’s jewelers will inevitably frame – and enhance – its creative time displays with finely set gems.
With its newest Polo Skeleton Diamond Paved, a highly jeweled 42mm white gold version of the famed cushion-shaped-bezel watch, Piaget introduces the first gem-set Polo model that utilizes its next generation skeleton movement, Caliber 1200S1, which builds on many years of openworked movement expertise.
Piaget designed the new movement, here colored slate-grey, to enhance the original 1200S, itself a skeletonized version of the famed Piaget 1200P ultra-thin automatic caliber. It maintains the 2.4mm thinness of the 1200P.
Piaget has enhanced the anti-magnetic properties of the caliber while maintaining the movement’s off-center oscillating weight. And the caliber still retains a strong forty-four hour power reserve and a thirty-meter water resistance rating.
The new gem-set Polo Skeleton, a 2022 Watches & Wonders preview, is still quite thin, measuring 7.35mm thick (compared to 6.5mm for the non-set Polo Skeleton model), despite now hosting 268 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The watch comes with a white gold polished and satin-finished ‘H’ design integrated bracelet that Piaget has set with an additional 1,478 diamonds. As befits a jewelry house that works within a horological legacy, Piaget finishes the setting with a ‘reverse’ diamond set into the crown.