Earlier in the year, Ralph Lauren unveiled some pretty impressive timepieces for women — raising the bar when it comes to inspiration and design. Here we bring you a close up look at three top watches — each special in its own way. Easily the most impressive new lines from this distinguished American designer is the Art Deco 867 collection. Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, Ralph Lauren’s 867 series features geometrical delight via square cases with incredible accents achieved by using enamel inset, gemstones and color. Offered in either rose gold or white gold with dials that feature both Roman and Arabic numerals, this collection is a sure-fire winner for women who want a special allure on their wrists. A variety of bejeweled versions are offered, including diamond-set models, a full pave’ model, and others bedecked with gems reminiscent of the heady days of yesteryear such as onyx, green agate, red coral-based stone and white ceramic. These watches – equipped with manual wind movements — are like a breath of fresh air.
Further embracing its equestrian roots, Ralph Lauren also unveils another jeweled Stirrup watch – this time a Stirrup Petite Diamond Link watch in a sleek, alluring size. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the full pave’ watch houses a 57-part quartz movement, features a sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective treatment and boasts more than 500 meticulously set diamonds. The Petite Diamond Stirrup watch (with lacquered dial) is water resistant to 30 meters—if one cares to venture in to the deep blue with so many glistening diamonds on the wrist. Additionally, just out for summer and fall are the new Ralph Lauren Stirrup watches in bold and inviting color. Indeed, the brand unveils a painter’s palette of a dozen different hues, with straps offered in apple green, bright yellow and vivid pink, as well as in neutral tones, black and white. Each is as refreshing as it is exciting. These come in a variety of sizes in stainless steel for a truly affordable and approachable look. (A longer version of this article by Roberta Naas can be found on Worldtempus.com.)