Ralph Lauren updates their equestrian inspired Stirrup Collection with new models in five size optiopns with options in rose gold or stailness steel face.
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New: Ralph Lauren Stirrup Collection
The collection will be available for at www.ralphlauren.com and at Ralph Lauren flagship stores and starts at a retail price of $2 400,00 / 2 220,00 € / ¥ 18 900,00 / £1 890,00 / HK$ 18 900,00 / ¥284 900,00 / CHF 2 150.
Ralph Lauren is intimately associated with equestrian pursuits, especially the sport of polo. He even uses it as one of the logos on some clothing lines, and became enormously popular, such that the name “Polo” became synonymous with short sleeved, collared sports shirts. The Stirrup collection is a derivation from this origins, and a reflection of the equestrian life style.
The design is based on the stirrup which is used by the rider to mount the horse, and is an elegant representation which reflects the DNA of the sport, but still be suitable as a dressy watch. The collection is available in 5 different sizes, from five sizes; mini, petite, small, medium, and large. Movements are standard Sellita movements and quartz. Hermès does have a stirrup inspired model which they call the Galop d’Hermès, but the design is rather different. The dial sports the numerals in a more casual Arabic style instead of the rather nice juxtaposition of the Roman numerals with railway minute track on a rather more chunky case on the Ralph Lauren. Two designers, inspired by the same object with two distinctly different interpretations.
The Stirrup Collection captures the iconic equestrian heritage of Ralph Lauren with watches featuring a stirrup-shaped silhouette, a signature of the brand. Watches from this collection reflect a spirit of nobility and adventure, evocative of the time-honored bond between horse and rider.
The unisex Ralph Lauren Stirrup Collection will be offered in five sizes; mini, petite, small, medium, and large. Customers can choose between a rose gold or stainless-steel face or a more embellished style featuring diamonds.
The unique interchangeable strap consists of a small tab and stud closure at the top of the watchcase, made to mimic the contour of a saddle. Other distinctive equestrian details include the watch’s stirrup shaped buckle that complements its matching case. A wide selection of colored straps in alligator or calf leather are available in new colorways from white, red, bright navy to marine navy, allowing the wearer to mix and match to their personal style.
For a more modern look, the Ralph Lauren Stirrup Link timepieces feature a stirrup case on a chain-link bracelet. Each link interlocks with the other so that the bracelet lies comfortably flat on the wrist, following its curves exactly.
Every element is achieved with great attention to detail, from the immaculately executed lacquered dials (available in a white or black colorway) with its Roman numerals and minute track, to the convex sapphire crystal and sword- shaped hands.
A Ralph Lauren timepiece is crafted to the highest standards of Swiss precision. Powered by either a Swiss manufactured quartz movement in the mini, petite, and small models, or a Swiss manufactured mechanical self- winding movement in the medium and large models. Each movement is hand-finished with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining, known as Perlage.