Some of the models I’ve spotted that make me stop and have a closer look – and two images here just brief glimpses of each. The watches featured may or may not be new or current models though most probably within the last year or so.
The first model gives me a great deal of satisfaction as it has come down in size from last year – this is the Ralph Lauren RL67 Chronometer – now a neat and sensible 39mm instead of the quite unnecessary 45mm it was offered at last year.
Cased in black “aged” stainless steel with a mechanical COSC-certified Automatic Swiss Sellita RL300-1 movement, with 42 hours power reserve. The matte dial features luminescent Hour and Minute hands plus red colored Second hand with numerals.
The diameter is actually 38.7mm and the watch height just 10.4mm, so a very neat watch.
AR coated slight dome sapphire crystal plus a Water Resistance rating at 100m with screw down RL logo Crown.
The overall look is further enhanced by an Olive Green “weathered look” canvas strap with a black leather lining.
The fact RL can now source movements outside the Richemont Group, allows them to offer their excellent watches at a more reasonable price point – this is a good thing as I’ve often admired their watch designs. Personally the only thing I’d like to see added is a date or day/date window and it would then be just perfect.
It should be interesting to see where they go from here on as I’m always open to a Ralph Lauren watch in my collection – IF it’s the right price.
Another model that interested me is the Baume et Mercier Clifton 10052 – and this represents serious Swiss quality for under £2000.
Again a sensible size watch in stainless steel and 41mm diameter, the Clifton 10052 with an automatic movement featuring small seconds and date function and delivered on a leather strap. A real classic, simple design, but cleverly presented with blue hour and minute hands and a seconds sub dial hand, complimented by the subtle blue accents of the minute marker index, within a silver dial, really gives this watch an elegant presence. The date window @3 is small but adequate for what is after all a dress watch.
So two very different but very stylish models this week that are currently available, both sensible in size, style and price. And frankly after the onslaught of brash oversize digital offerings around today with their often unnecessary over functionality, these are a welcome breath of fresh air.
“Watches as watches should be” as my old Dad used to say, who had the same 18ct Gold Roamer since the day he started in a Law Office in the 1930’s till he passed away a year or two back. And isn’t it nice to see that some watchmakers at long last, just maybe, are seeing the light regarding “size” and actually reducing diameters and producing models to suit average wrists!
Maybe things are looking up . . . .