As the year draws nigh and the season of giving and receiving, of festivities and parties, casts its magic spell, it's time to celebrate with Christmas gifts for him and her that will evoke memories for years to come. As the American arbiter of good taste for more than four decades, Ralph Lauren is a favourite for gifts that encapsulate the winning formula of timelessness and casual elegance.
When Ralph Lauren ventured into the world of watches in 2009, the sport of polo and its luxurious entourage was a key source of inspiration for the designer. In this short time, the Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch, with its case shaped like a riding stirrup, has become the most recognisable of its watches. So it's no surprise that this Christmas, two Ralph Lauren watches from the Stirrup Collection stand out as ideal gifts that are an enduring statement of your devotion. For him, the handsome Stirrup Large Rose Gold watch with chronograph functions. For her, the high jewellery Stirrup Petite Diamond Link watch, with a luxurious winter coat of snowy white diamonds.
Starting with the men's model, the Stirrup Large Chronograph watch is a contemporary classic combining the sporty appeal of a chronograph with the handsome elegance of warm rose gold. Horse lovers will notice that the smaller top lug is attached to the case with an additional alligator strap, just like the leather used to hold the stirrup to the saddle. The lacquered dial has a strong vintage appeal thanks to its distinguished black Roman numerals. Legible without cluttering the dial, the chronograph counters record elapsed time, complemented by a small seconds counter at 6 o'clock.
For men who appreciate fine mechanics, the movement was entrusted to prestigious Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has equipped the watch with a sophisticated automatic column-wheel chronograph movement. Presented on a smart black alligator strap with black Alsavel lining for additional comfort, the fold-over clasp is in polished rose gold.
And if you've ever wondered what a winter wonderland might look like on your wrist, Ralph Lauren's Stirrup Petite Diamond Link watch for women gets pretty close. This high jewellery timepiece, fully pavéd with diamonds, glistens like freshly fallen snow with a mantle of 2,017 shimmering white diamonds encrusted on the case and supple chain link bracelet. Smaller in size than its predecessors, the white gold case measures a petite 23.30 x 27mm and houses a Swiss manufacture quartz movement for precision and carefree maintenance, finely finished with Côtes de Genève stripes. As much a jewel as a watch, it is designed to be stacked with the bracelets from Ralph Lauren's Chunky Chain fine jewellery collection.
With a wide selection of bracelets in either rose or white gold, with links in different shapes and widths, Ralph Lauren's Chunky Chain fine jewellery collection in rose and white gold is easy to wear and combine. When layered up with the Stirrup Petite Diamond Link watch, the diamond-set bracelets in white gold give a luxurious twist to the stacking trend. The Chunky Chain collection also includes an ID Bracelet that can be engraved with your name in diamonds - the perfect personalised Christmas gift for women.
The most opulent Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch is the Petite Stirrup Diamond Link watch with a white gold case and link bracelet fully pavéd with more than 20ct of diamonds, which illuminate the off-white lacquered dial.
The Ralph Lauren Stirrup Large Chronograph watch is a contemporary classic combining the sporty appeal of a chronograph with the handsome elegance of warm rose gold.
The jewellery line of Ralph Lauren includes these Chunky Chain bracelets and rings - RL's very own version of glamour.
The Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch evokes polo matches, riding tweeds, and thoroughbred horses in grassy paddocks.