This marriage of past and present, of time-honored hand craftsmanship and modern elegance, requires the utmost technical expertise to achieve its micro mechanism. Struck on demand by a slide piece on a thin, 42 mm white gold case, the Minute Repeater features three distinct sounds for the hours, quarter- hours, and minutes. The hand-wound RL 888 movement, with its 100-hour power reserve, is equipped with an additional complication that offers needed protection between the caliber and the activating lever at the side of the case, ensuring the timepiece’s 30-meter water resistance.
Created on an antique rose engine by a master engraver, hand-guilloché designs complement the sophisticated complication with an intricate barleycorn pattern of 80 waves spiraling from the center of the watch and adorning the bezel. A small seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position further emphasizes the Art Deco- inspired geometry of the dial, highlighted against a black alligator leather strap.
While the refined materials and guilloché decorations of the timepiece demonstrate a respect for tradition, the cutting-edge calibers of the Minute Repeater complication exemplify Ralph Lauren’s eye for innovation in the world of haute horology.