Ralph Lauren is shrugging off any thoughts of austerity with the introduction of two art-deco-inspired timepieces forged in white gold and dripping with diamonds.
The RL888 and 867 collections take inspiration from the architecture of the fashion house’s Manhattan boutique. “My RL888 and 867 collections are inspired by my Madison Avenue flagships,” says Ralph Lauren. “I wanted to create exquisite, high-jewelry timepieces that celebrate that world of luxury.”
Each timepiece celebrates the design codes of Ralph Lauren’s RL888 and 867 collections, with a bold mix of Roman and Arabic numerals, vertical Côtes de Genèveand grand feu enamel artwork, one of the most demanding crafts in watchmaking. Only a single RL888 Deco Diamond will be produced and, signifying its status as a one-of-a-kind high jewellery timepiece, the back of its case will be hand-engraved with “unique piece.”
The 867 Deco Diamond will be produced in a limited run of eight timepieces, each hand-engraved with its own number designating the order of production.
The RL888 Deco Diamond timepiece requires up to 600 hours of handcraftsmanship to produce, from gem cutting and setting to the intricate production of the 18K white gold base.
Art deco motifs adorn both the bezel and bracelet, which feature 414 baguette diamonds, 13 brilliant-cut diamonds and a single rose-cut diamond—for an approximate total of 17.31 carats. The RL888 Deco Diamond watch also includes 159 black spinels, while an 18K white gold bracelet with six adjustable links allows for convenient customization. The Swiss manufacture quartz movement ensures the utmost in accuracy and precision.
The new 867 Deco Diamond timepiece has a slim 27.5mm square case. Arranged in elegant, geometric designs on an 18K white gold case and clasp, it features 44 baguette diamonds and a single rose-cut diamond, for a total weight of approximately 4.60 carats.
Eighteen black spinels contrast with the black alligator strap, while the Breguet-style hands keep time on an off-white enamel dial. The 867 Deco Diamond is powered by the Swiss manufacture RL430 mechanical movement, handcrafted for Ralph Lauren by Piaget.