Ralph Lauren channels love of classic cars into watch collection

American designer's timepiece features wood and detailing modelled on the interior of his 1938 Bugatti Atlantic

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 August, 2015, 12:22pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 August, 2015, 2:41pm

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s love affair with classic cars is well documented. He has one of the most impressive collections in the world, including classics such as a 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe. It’s this vehicle that was the inspiration for his 2015 Ralph Lauren Automotive Collection, which includes a  Skeleton Automotive watch, the brand’s first open-worked timepiece.

The collection incorporates design features from the automotive world: Amboyna burl wood, a material commonly used in the instrument panels of high-end cars; elm burl wood dials and black alligator skin straps reminiscent of the rich interiors of Lauren’s Bugatti; and Arabic numerals that emulate those found on the car’s gauges. Each of the five pieces in the collection is powered by a Swiss mechanical movement.

"I’ve always been inspired by automotive design - the materials, the lines, but also the power and functionality. Cars are like art - moving art - an accomplishment in mechanics and precision," the American designer said.

The RL Automotive Skeleton’s shot-blasted case is made from black gunmetal steel and has a satiny matte finish; the bezel is hand-set and has six functioning screws.