Ralph Lauren watches: the perfect pair for him and her to celebrate the Christmas shopping season

Ralph Lauren watches for him and her with the quintessential laidback elegance we have come to associate with the legendary American designer.

Ralph Lauren's Petite Link Stirrup watch with diamond bezel

Although the holiday shopping season officially starts with Thanksgiving, looking outside the window at the falling leaves and the shortening days, the question of what to give our loved ones arises. Something special to mark the passing of another year, but something that will bring lasting and enduring pleasure.

The magic of Ralph Lauren permeates every product he designs with its laid-back elegance and timeless glamour. Timepieces are no exception, and two classic Ralph Lauren watches from the 2014 collection - one for her and one for him - could make this season memorable for many years to come.

The diamond-set Petite-Link Stirrup watch is destined to delight women of any age. Belonging to the iconic Ralph Lauren Stirrup watch collection - renowned for its hallmark stirrup-shaped case, which has been at the heart of the brand's watches since 2009 - the design is a clear reference to Ralph Lauren's passion for the world of polo and equestrian aesthetics. Like Ralph Lauren's appreciation of the glamorous crowds that frequent these athletic polo matches, his Ralph Lauren Stirrup watches an artful blend of both worlds, designed to be worn and enjoyed each and every day of the year.

Adding extra sparkle to this distinctive watch is the shimmering light of 148 diamonds. Known as the snowfall diamond-setting technique, dozens of diamonds of different sizes appear to have settled on the case and bezel like ethereal snowflakes. Romantic and alluring, the new Ralph Lauren Petite-Link Stirrup watch reflects the latest trend for smaller-sized women's watches and is presented in a petite 23.30 x 27mm stainless steel case with an accompanying link bracelet. And herein lays the beauty of this watch: thanks to its resilient stainless steel case and Swiss manufacture quartz movement offering precision and carefree maintenance, this watch is begging to be worn, not tucked away in a box for a special occasion.

For him, the handsome Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer in a 45mm case bridges the best of two worlds, allowing the wearer to make the transition from the weekend to the office in suave style. It's not easy to reconcile two different temperaments in a watch, but the Sporting Classic Chronometer marries the elegance of a classical black tie dial with a rugged sporty feel thanks to its solid stainless steel case and riveted bezel.

Precision is the name of the game, and the Ralph Lauren Sporting Classic Chronometer is equipped with a Swiss manufacture self-winding (automatic) mechanical movement. The movement, which oscillates at 28,800 vph, has a power reserve of 42 hours and is beautifully finished with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular perlage graining. But there is more than meets the eye because the entire movement has been tested by Switzerland's Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and bears the COSC seal of approval as a certified chronometer, a detail he will not fail to appreciate.

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