Versatility is the name of the game this year in watches and Ralph Lauren is leading the way with the RL888 Snowfall watch. Combining the practicality of stainless steel – and a very tempting price – with the timeless beauty of diamonds, the RL888 Snowfall makes haute horology accessible and fun.
Summer living usually consists of quite a few wardrobe changes. An average weekend might involve relaxed beachwear, dressing up for lunch, something breezy for a sunset stroll and a slinky evening dress or two. That’s lots of different looks in a short space of time.
Luckily, Ralph Lauren knows exactly what women want and, like their RL888 sisters, one of which is pictured below, each of the Snowfall watches has full access to a stylish wardrobe of more than 40 interchangeable straps, which means you can dress your timepiece up or down to suit any occasion.
The RL888 has a wardrobe of more than 40 different straps in classic Ralph Lauren colours, which range from hot pink to racing green, crafted in leather, alligator, satin or grosgrain (from £210).
Dressing up the day with diamonds
Picture this: she’s lounging on a deck chair on one of Ibiza’s best-kept-secret beaches looking out at the sparkling emerald hues of the Mediterranean Sea. Tanned, looking fabulous in her bathing suit and protected from the sun with oversized sunglasses and a chic straw hat, the only thing on her mind right now is when to take a dip in the sea.
The camera pans towards the water and a man waves to the woman on the beach. She returns the wave, admiring how the diamonds on her RL888 Snowfall watch catch the light and, CUT! What is that black watch strap doing in this scene? It looks totally out of place in this idyllic setting. She reaches into her Ricky bag and, before the waiter can reach her with a refreshing Mojito, she has replaced the classic black strap with a pretty pink alligator strap, which is so much more in tune with her surroundings.
Snowfall in summer
Presented in 32mm and 38mm stainless steel cases, the latest RL888 Snowfall models feature a delicate diamond setting designed to recreate the beauty of freshly fallen snow. To achieve this natural effect, different sizes of diamonds are set into the bezel. A total of 153 diamonds sparkle on the 38mm model while 99 diamonds work their magic on the smaller 32mm case.
Just like every watch in the RL888 family, the Snowfall models feature an interchangeable strap device that allows you to customise the look of your watch with ease. The only potential difficulty will be selecting from the 40 different straps in classic colours from the Ralph Lauren universe that range from hot-pink fuchsia to sky blue, crafted in leather, alligator, satin or grosgrain.
Hot in the city
In addition to the Snowfall models, Ralph Lauren has launched a larger and infinitely more luxurious 38mm rose gold version of the RL888 with a gleaming row of 61 diamonds on the bezel and a cut diamond on the crown. Like the stainless-steel models, this rose gold RL888 has full access to the strap wardrobe and is equipped with a Swiss quartz movement for carefree maintenance.
No matter how far afield your summer holidays might take you, the RL888 is a constant reminder of the New York spirit that defines many of Ralph Lauren’s creations. Inspired by the elegant, streamlined shapes of Art Deco, the RL888 takes its name from the address of Ralph Lauren’s flagship women’s store at 888 Madison Avenue. Sleek, confident and curvaceous, the latest 32mm RL888 with a black lacquer dial shows its playful side with its jazzy combination of white Arabic and Roman numerals animating the dial.