At the 2018 Watches & Wonders show, held this week in Miami, Ralph Lauren has just revealed an all-new steel version of its RL Automative Skeleton. This is the company’s first open-worked timepiece.
The new steel version features a range of the same touches as previous Automotive Skeleton watches including the size of its case (44.8 mm x 11.2 mm) and the dimensions of its hands and dial. Combining polished and brushed steel surfaces, along with an Amboyna burl wood bezel secured by screws, the watch features design cues that reference rivets that secure the chassis of a car, specifically one of Ralph Lauren’s 1950s race cars.
The Automotive Skeleton Steel also features a brass gear elements and a shot-blasted stainless-steel case and a polished stainless-steel bracelet and clasp.
What’s under the hood?
The manually wound caliber RL1967, which runs at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour with a 45-hour power reserve. This calibre was developed by IWC exclusively for Ralph Lauren and then further skeletonized by Val Fleurier, a Richemont-owned movement manufacturer.
The Automotive Skeleton retails at $34,200.