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.
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.