Ralph Lauren World Time in Steel
by Kyle Stults on October 25, 2012
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Ralph Lauren’s World Time series, part of the broader Sporting Collection, will get a new, good-looking reference in 2013.  Perpetuelle is here with a review of what’s new and noteworthy at this piece which will officially be unveiled in January 2013 at the Geneva SIHH show.

Most notably is the case — the brushed steel execution, which looks great, joins a trio of polished rose and white gold references.  Equally as enticing is the new color-set:  a deep blue varnished dial, accented by red and white hands, with a deep cobalt blue alligator strap.  This new red, white and blue color scheme is distinctive, and its adds the perfect dash of vibrancy to the watch.  One other small change-up involves the hour/minute hands:  now “Breguet style”, replacing the sword style hands of prior models.

second time zone subdial with AM/PM indicator and rotating city disc; power reserve display

Still standard is the engraved disc displaying all 24 time zones (available at a simple turn of the crown), the screw-down bezel, and the a dial bearing Roman numerals and railroad-style minute track.  The movement is the same RL939, of course made by Jaeger-LeCoultre for Ralph Lauren.  The RL939 caliber is modestly decorated with Côtes de Genève striping and circular graining (perlage) and visible through a sapphire display back.

RL939 Caliber

produced by JLC for Ralph Lauren

Overall, a nice addition to the Sporting Collection.  And with the steel case rather than white/rose gold, you will be looking at a much more reasonable price point vs. the precious models which are priced in the $26,000$29,000 range.

Did You Know?

In 1884, the International Meridian Conference in Washington decided to divide the Earth into 24 time zones, with the Greenwich meridian as longitude zero.