As a 2011 release, the Slim Classique Square watch by Ralph Lauren is a mere 27.5mm wide square in size. Ralph Lauren makes no attempt to hide the fact that they are trying to push a small, classic looking watch meant to change the way people think about wearing larger watches today. It is true, compared to a few decades ago – even 15 years ago – the watches most people wear today are considered really big. This petite men’s watch is less of an alternative, and more of an attempt to change today’s style for good.
The case is 18k white gold and is under 6mm thick. Inside it has a manually wound RL430 movement made for them by Piaget. Ralph Lauren opted to make the watch available with a traditional style guilloche machine engraving on the dial and bezel or with a more clean look. The dial design is withheld, but also very art deco in presentation. The mixture of Arabic and Roman numerals is clever and well conceived.