Named after Ralph Lauren’s women’s flagship store at 888 Madison Avenue, the brand’s new RL888 timepiece collection features a modern and elegant watch for women. This is the first round watch designed exclusively for women from Ralph Lauren and it’s imbued with a contemporary freshness that perfectly suits not only the mood of the New York flagship store, but also the modern Ralph Lauren customer.
These sleek but bold watches are for a woman who is confident in her own abilities and ready to take the world by storm. Available in polished 18-karat rose gold or stainless steel in two sizes (32mm and 38mm), the watches feature a white dial bearing a combination of Arabic and Roman numerals in contrasting black. If it’s a little shine that you’re looking for, then the rose gold 32mm model is also available with a diamond set bezel and embellished with a rose-cut diamond on the crown, making it as perfect for black tie soirées as it is for board meetings. The rose gold plain timepiece offers a subtle dose of bling with a single vibrant rose-cut amethyst on the crown.
Delicate black minute and hour hands indicate the time on these quartz powered timepieces. The dials are hardly minimalist, but the indices of different sizes with their clean lines make for a pleasing statement anyway. Also part of the collection is a white gold timepiece with diamonds and black spinels arranged in abstract motifs on both the bezel and bracelet. The design is a mark of Ralph Lauren’s devotion Haute Joaillerie and his fascination with the art deco era.
The easily interchangeable straps make these watches particularly suited to modern women who play many roles. There are over 40 options to choose from in materials like alligator, calf, patent leather, satin and grosgrain. For traditionalists, some watches come with supple three-link bracelets in 18-karat rose gold or steel. There is literally an RL888 for every occasion: be it a Sunday brunch, a boardroom conference or a special date night. This collection marries style with practicality and perfectly complements every outfit, capturing the modern classic spirit of the collection.
The stainless-steel 32 mm watch is priced at $1,990, whilst the 32 mm Rose Gold–Diamond (with gold bracelet) comes with the hefty price tag of $24,000. In between, there is bound to be a watch that’s perfect for you. Our favorite is the 32 mm Rose Gold–Diamond with a black alligator strap that’s both refined and sleek with just enough sparkle to ensure all eyes are on you. Take the office by storm by pairing it with a dark fitted suit or make it evening appropriate with a slinky slip dress and strappy heels. Don’t forget to add a spritz of your favorite perfume!
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