This new for 2011 Ralph Lauren
watch is pretty nice, and is a sort of hybrid model between the Classic Slim
and the Sporting Chronograph
. Ralph Lauren
literally took the case decor and dial look of the Classic Slim, and put in the Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic chronograph movement from the Sporting Chronograph watch models. From a naming perspecting they could have chosen either of the influencing models, but they chose the Sporting. I guess it could have been called the "Classic Chronograph." Too generic? Maybe.
The steel case has guilloche engraving on the bezel and dial comes in 39mm wide and 45mm wide sizes. The guilloche is done via an old engraving engine that is operated by a skilled craftsman. Aside from being machine engraved, the case is that of the Sporting model. Inside the watch is the RL750 automatic chrono movement that I mentioned was specially made for Ralph Lauren by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The mixture of sport style and function with the classic guilloche machine engraved decor make for an interesting timepiece that I think has a lot of appeal. One issue however is with the printing of the logo on the dial. The "Ralph Lauren" logo is printing right over a part of the dial that has been engraved making it look blurry and harder to read. Ralph Lauren should have used a similar technique as that of the chronograph subdials for the area where the logo was printed and given it a bare, clean rectangle to be printed on. Given the case size, the Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph Guilloche Steel watch will retain from $7,300 - $8,250. Not an awful price, but the difference in cost from the 39mm model to the 45mm model seems pretty high and arbitrary.
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