THE CRICKET SWEATER BEAR
& THE RIVIERA BEAR WATCH
Originally created to commemorate Ralph Lauren’s 50th Birthday, the Polo Bear Watch Collection is a playful Icon in the world of Ralph Lauren design. Often typified as ‘The Best Dressed Bear in the World’, the inspiration for The Polo Bear stretches back to the 90s, when a Steiff bear was presented to Mr. Lauren as a birthday present dressed in a miniature western-inspired costume. The Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Watch Collection has grown into something of a collectible phenomenon itself, and 2022 welcomes two new Polo Bear Watches, both capturing the Collection’s essence of The Polo Bear: Charming and Sophisticated.
The Cricket Sweater Bear draws on Ralph Lauren’s “Preppy” traditions, adding a modern sport twist to the Ralph Lauren classic style. The pinstripe navy blazer is a staple of any discerning Gentleman’s Ralph Lauren wardrobe, paired with the iconic Polo Cricket Sweater, which debuted in 1972. This effortlessly fashionable Polo Bear balances out a traditional preppy look with sports heritage and a casual note of denim, which together signals the signature Polo Ralph Lauren look. The watch is offered with an interchangeable navy calf leather strap.
Another stylishly attired addition joins The Polo Bear Watch Collection, ready to holiday in the sun. The Riviera, or Resort Bear, is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s fascination with refined styling and fashions. He is relaxed but elegant, wearing the signature DB Navy Blazer paired with white linen pants. The outfit is complemented with RL Canvas Espadrilles, a handsome Rope Toggle Belt and red pocket square. Whether resting by the pool or out for the evening, Riviera Bear nonchalantly raises a toast to the traveling lifestyle. The watch comes with an interchangeable navy calf leather strap. A Navy-White silk strap option is also available. Ralph Lauren often takes inspiration from the South of France, and he knows well how perfected style and flair are ‘de rigeur’ on the Riviera.
Both new Polo Bears are rendered in vivid 3-D print, the dial available in lacquered off-white with contrast Arabic numbers. Crafted in the elite tradition of Swiss horology, the 42 mm timepieces are powered by an RL200 caliber automatic Swiss movement, hand-finished with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining, known as Perlage. Water-resistant with a 38-hour power reserve, the polished stainless-steel cases feature a matching crown embellished with the Pony logo. Both are encased in beautiful, curved sapphire crystal, finished with an anti-reflective treatment, and an open case back. A navy calf strap envelops the watches, and both offer the option of an interchangeable navy white blended silk.
Launched in 2008, Ralph Lauren Watches and Jewelry combines the highest-quality Swiss-manufacture movements with Ralph Lauren’s most iconic inspirations – from the equestrian elegance of the Stirrup watches to the Safari and Automotive collections. Each collection is distributed through select Ralph Lauren boutiques and the finest independent watch and jewelry retailers worldwide. Ralph Lauren Jewelry includes the signature Ralph Lauren Equestrian, Art Deco, and Chunky Chain collections, handcrafted with the finest materials and techniques.