Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands-On

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands-On

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands On   hands on

The Ralph Lauren Slim Classique is perhaps my favorite collection of high-end dress watches. These timepieces came out with the debut of the Ralph Lauren watch brand about five years ago. To this day, the brand remains a partnership between Ralph Lauren and the Richemont Group, and has seen the release of some impressively designed timepieces under a brand that is in fact part of a fashion empire.

Ralph Lauren's approach to sourcing movements was taking from the collective Richemont Group expertise. While other models use movements from houses such as Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC, the Slim Classique has a movement produced by Piaget. Which is a logical thing, considering the fact that Piaget is among the world's best producers of very thin mechanical movements. That said, the entire Slim Classique watch case is just 5.35mm thin.

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands On   hands on

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands On   hands on

That doesn't make the Slim Classique the thinnest watch in the world, but it doesn't need to be. At 6mm thick or under, it feels like you are wearing a piece of cardboard paper on your wrist in terms of how high the piece sits. I've never really seen a need to have the "slimmest watch" around. "Slim enough" is just fine. The watch is also wide, which combined with being thin, makes for an elegant, but masculine look.

Ralph Lauren offers the Slim Classique in two sizes, either in 18k rose or white gold. There is a smaller 38mm wide version, but this is the 42mm wide version. I would venture to say that a woman as well as a man could wear this, but that isn't because it is a feminine timepiece. The design is very true to the name, being so wonderfully composed in a classic sense as though it borrowed one of the world's best pocket watch dials. It is like Cartier and Breguet got together.

Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Watch Hands On   hands on

12 comments
CenterSweep
CenterSweep

For 16400 one could acquire a superlative timepiece from Jaeger Lecoultre, Rolex, or even Zentih; all of which offer in house movements, excellent provenance, and beautiful finishing.  I'm afraid that Ralph Lauren is out of its depth.

TheBalanceWhl
TheBalanceWhl

Honestly I am not a fan of the guilloche on the case. It makes it too busy looking,

Kimnkk
Kimnkk

Your "review" of this watch reads far too much like an ad.

You also have many favourite watches, seems like you only review your most loved watches?

And "masculine" was mentioned far too many times, as if it was as compensation for the lack of in this watch.

Does not look masculine at all, not with its ornate style, gold case or thin hands.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I don;t get this one. I don;t care that it says Ralph Lauren on the dial, but the thin aspect is just downright silly. No one needs a watch that thin, so it;s just a matter of showing off how thin you can get a watch, and that's not something I understand. Then you've got a movement from Piaget, that does very little, and you cant even get a look at it - and it's not like they used up the caseback of the watch for all kinds of rah-rah branding or whatever, it's just a polished blob. I bet that Piaget work is beautiful, but they chose to hide it forever for the no good reason at all - because they couldn't get a sapphire thin enough for a caseack?


The machine case and dial are kinda neat, maybe a touch dandy, but the watch overall kinda looks like the illegitimate lovechild of Breguet and van Cleef & Arpels. 


Maybe I need to see it in person, but it;s just one of those watches that could be a $16k mechanical watch of importance, or a $100 quartz affair with someone else's clothing label on it. Do not want.  

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I think it looks quite beautiful, like a pocket-watch.  The thinness kills it for me though.  From any angle other than the front it looks ridiculous.

Victore
Victore

Reminds me an old Gucci watch I had many many years ago (a gift from my parents).  Gold PDV, slim case, nice leather strap.  Nice but not my cup of tea now. 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I think the guilloche on the bezel makes these pieces a bit feminine looking. Or perhaps too ornate (or blingly) for all but the most formal occasions for a dude. The smaller watch with the guilloche bezel would be fine for the ladies but I have a hard time seeing guys pull this off. It would be nice to see the 42 mm piece without the guilloche on the bezel. At least these watches don't that safari case RL uses on most everything else (which I think looks silly with roman numeral dials). Bezel aside, nice watch but somewhat aggressively priced. Lots of choices (even gold watches) for that or less.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@Kimnkk  I would invite you do invest even just 2 minutes of time into research into how this blog works and what drives the reviews before you make such flippant comments wherein you end up with your foot in your mouth. 

jat76
jat76

Kimnkk, you mention "masculine" as many times in less then a quarter of the review written....just saying

DG Cayse
DG Cayse

@MarkCarson Heritage or heirloom piece. Look at that beautiful blank back...just begging for the engraver to do their work.

I admit, it's steeply priced IMO. I will also add that for the most part, I have been impressed with the Ralph Lauren pieces that I have seen so far.