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Compass T im epiece s CLEARLY CLASSIC Ralph Lauren is well-known in the classic car world for his exquisite taste in cars. His 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe (well worth Googling to see) inspired the 45mm Steel masterpiece, part of his legendary Automotive Collection. T E X T BY B I LL L I N D S E Y While chronographs with minute and second hands now represent the “automotive style watch,” Ralph Lauren offers a more elegant option. Back in the 1930s, opening the hood of a car allowed a view of the engine, carburetor and valves in action. Watches, too, once commonly featured a clear back casing that allowed you to admire their engineering in motion. These timepieces are as beautiful on the usually-hidden-from-sight side as they are when viewed traditionally to see the time. When it comes to the 45mm Steel, the clear sapphire case allows full view of an 18,000 vibration-per-hour mechanical movement. Clearly inspired by the dashboard and gauges on Lauren’s Bugatti, the dial is framed by a Amboya burled wood bezel, highlighted by a flat-black dial and Arabic numerals finished in Super-LumiNova for easy, low-light visibility. A stainless steel case provides protection for the delicate inner workings while an alligator strap keeps it secured to your wrist; RalphLauren.com. 38