THREE ICONIC BEARS
FROM THE RALPH LAUREN ARCHIVE
Ralph Lauren celebrates the new Polo Bear Watch Collection by drawing on the storied history of three iconic bears, each representing a different facet of the designer’s own signature style.
Bedford Bear captures the elegance of Ralph Lauren’s English-inspired manor in New York State, where tweed sport coats and riding jodhpurs are perfectly at home. "I was going to live in England, but then I bought Bedford and turned it into my vision of England—but filled with American energy." The watch is offered with two strap options in tartan silk or tan leather.
Ralph Lauren’s denim heritage draws on his love for the authenticity of well-worn workshirts and utility jackets. “They seemed to have already lived—they had a history, a truth about them.” He notably wore a denim jacket with jeans and the Polo flag sweater in a 1989 advertisement photographed at his Colorado ranch, a direct inspiration for this bear watch, which is available with distressed denim or leather straps.
"I have always loved contradiction, blending a tuxedo jacket with a pair of jeans and boots.” Ralph Lauren’s distinct combination of a double-breasted dinner jacket with denim and steel-tipped boots—a look he has reinterpreted for formal occasions across decades of his career, most recently for his 50th Anniversary celebration in New York City—is embodied in the style of Tuxedo Bear. The watch is completed with a black alligator strap.
The Polo Bear debuted in 1991 as 200 limited-edition bears produced by Steiff, the famed German toy manufacturer, and dressed in miniaturized Polo Ralph Lauren apparel. In the years since, this stylish bear has appeared as embroidery, prints, and patches on a variety of items, from neckties to sweaters.
The stainless steel round cases measure 42mm by 10.7mm and include an exhibition case back to make fine details visible—including vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining, known as perlage. The timepieces are powered by an automatic, Swiss-made, caliber RL200 movement run at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and features 26 jewels with an approximate 38-hour power reserve.
Launched in 2008, Ralph Lauren Watches and Fine Jewelry was created in partnership with Richemont, bringing together two leading companies in the global luxury market. In this unique partnership, Ralph Lauren designs, manufactures, and distributes luxury watches and fine jewelry through select Ralph Lauren boutiques and the finest independent watch and jewelry retailers worldwide. The watch collections combine the highest-quality Swiss-made manufacture movements from Richemont’s prestigious Maisons with Ralph Lauren’s most iconic inspirations, from the Stirrup watches to the 888 and 867 timepieces to the Safari and Automotive collections. Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry includes the signature Ralph Lauren Equestrian, Diamond Link, and Chunky Chain collections, handcrafted with the finest materials and techniques.