Got wood? Ralph Lauren does. For cars and watches. For 2011 his wood finally gets into a watch. Based on the interior of one of his most prized automobiles (a 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe), this Ralph Lauren Watches Sporting timepiece comes complete with an elm burl wood dial.
Interestingly enough I got have a hands-on (well sort of) experience with the car itself after seeing the watch itself. So rather than see the inspiration before the piece, I saw the piece before the inspiration. Last month in Paris I got to see the car first hand (no photography allowed) at the Ralph Lauren car collection exhibit held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (which is part of the Lourve). It is actually still going on and I highly recommend it if you are in Paris by August 28th, 2011.
The exhibit is a very intimate view into what a man with good taste and a big bank roll gets for his car collection. Immaculately maintained, the collection contains some of the finest and most beautiful looking automobiles ever imagined. While there I realised something. Call it a theory, but I think there is some truth to it. Why is it that many vintage cars and vintage watches embody a certain sense of grace and beauty not found in much of today’s designs? I truly believe that one of the reasons for this (of course if you agree with me that many things today aren’t particularly graceful) is because items today are designed on a computer, and older things were designed by hand. This shift from hand to paper versus hand through mouse/tablet to computer digitally and expressed via small squares on a screen might be a major reason. Think about it.
Ariel Adams publishes the watch review site aBlogtoRead.com
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