Ralph Lauren Small and Petite 867 Tuxedo

SIHH 2015…

Ralph Lauren 867 Small Tuxedo Rose Gold - Perpetuelle

To wrap up our coverage of Ralph Lauren’s SIHH releases, we bring you new additions to the 867 collection, a line named after the New York flagship store located at 867 Madison Avenue. Art deco and ornate in appearance, these watches—affectionately called the Tuxedos—are a throwback to times long gone and offer a unique take on the modern timepiece with sculpted lugs and an extremely conservative case size. Ralph Lauren will offer two versions of the Tuxedo: the Small Tuxedo and even smaller Petite Tuxedo, both of which are intended for women. But for the savvy, art deco obsessed man, the Small Tuxedo isn’t out of the question because it is similar in diameter to many men’s watches from the late ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s.

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Introducing the Ralph Lauren Automotive Skeleton

SIHH 2015…

Ralph Lauren AUTOMOTIVE SKELETON - Perpetuelle

Taking yet another page from automotive design’s rulebook, Ralph Lauren lifts wraps on a special car-inspired model called the Automotive Skeleton. Like a machine cycling through gears, an open-worked, manual-wind movement is visible through the face of the watch and features a blackened, stealthy finish on the plate and bridges, which compliments the 45mm shot-blasted case.

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Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Skeleton 1270S

SIHH 2015…ultra-thin…

Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Skeleton 1270S white gold - Perpetuelle

This year Piaget has once again put forth a strong lineup showcasing its overall watchmaking talents as well as its leadership in the ultra-thin category.  While its headliner for 2015 is probably the Altiplano Chronograph with new Cal 883P, the brand’s new Emperador Coussin Skeleton 1270S is my personal favorite — and of course a much more exclusive watch.  This watch is the world’s thinnest ultra-thin tourbillon automatic skeleton watch featuring a case measuring just 8.85 mm thick.  The ultra-thin (5.05 mm) automatic tourbillon Caliber 1270S — of course a descendant of the 1270P caliber which was/is Piaget’s first ultra-thin automatic tourbillon — was designed and developed specifically for the cushion-shaped case housing it.

I’ve got more details and lots of looks — including some great high-res detail shots, below.

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The New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver, Ref 15710ST

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref. 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02

Last week at SIHH, Audemars Piguet introduced an update to its Royal Oak Offshore Divers series.  Presented as the new reference 15710, these pieces will replace the original ROO Diver, the ref 15703, as I’ll explain further.  The new Ref 15710’s, in steel, follow the prior four version of the ROO Diver (Ref 15703 steel/black dial, forged carbon/yellow, black ceramic/orange, white ceramic/blue).  And though the black dial reference (15710ST.OO.A002CA.01) is essentially the updated version of the 15703, we see now for the first time the ROO Diver offered with a white dial (15710ST.OO.A002CA.02), both of course with AP’s signature “Méga Tapisserie-pattern.”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref 15710ST

This said, the more important news is that the new 15710 is that it is fitted with a sapphire display back, as will all models from here forward.  Otherwise the watch remains unchanged — 42mm case, with the automatic mechanical AP caliber 3120.  And for you existing ROO Diver owners, sorry to say that you will NOT be able to “retrofit” to a sapphire display back as this is an entirely new reference number offered by AP.

These watches will list at $19,000.

Note that while AP states the dial is “silver-toned”, at most angles it looks quite white. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver white dial Ref 15710ST by TheRealReal

Above Photo: by JSBG

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