Any excuse Ralph Lauren can find to showcase his beloved 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, he use it. With the launch of Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive watch collection he found the perfect way to admire the beauty of the $40 million Bugatti 57SC, without even taking it out of the garage. At the 2014 SIHH he introduced the exquisite Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive Flying Tourbillon, at this year’s SIHH he unveiled the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton, another stunning timepiece.
As with previous example, the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton design also is inspired by the instrument panel of the vintage Bugatti. Most prominent design element borrowed for this watch is its ring of Amboyna burl wood made bezel. Back in the 1930’s using wood on instrument panels of luxury vehicles was a common occurrence, and they especially used Amboyan burl.
The matte black galvanic Azure made skeleton dial features at 6 o’clock seconds subdial and at 12 o’clock a black subdial with RL logo in beige. Its sword-shaped, black oxidized hour and minute hands are coated with brassy Super-LumiNova, in addition to making the dial beautiful it also makes it easy to read in the dark. Being a skeleton, workings of the movement is visible from the front and the back.
The Swiss manual-wind IWC movement inside capable of providing 45 hours of power reserve and 18,000 vph in frequency. Just like hands, the steel and brass made gear train and the large balance oscillating are coated with Super-LumiNova. The handmade watch comes with a black alligator strap with black Alsavel lining and a black shot-blasted stainless steel pin buckle.
No word from Ralph Lauren about RL Automotive Skeleton’s price, however those who are good at estimating luxury watch prices expect it to cost around $35,000.