A purveyor of some of the finest couture around, Ralph Lauren’s fashion empire has allowed the style icon to compile an enviable collection of super-rare automobiles over the years (one so spectacular it even has its own website).

Among the cars in Ralph Lauren’s jaw-dropping garage, one stands above the rest: the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. One of the most exclusive cars ever built, it’s a piece of pure automotive artwork and, therefore, the perfect inspiration for the RL’s range of automotive-inspired watches, including the Ralph Lauren Automotive 39mm chronometer.

Our favourite timepiece from the stunning range of automotive automatics, the 39mm chronometer is made for Ralph Lauren by Swiss watch maestros, Jaeger-LeCoultre using a mechanical hand-wound movement with a 70-hour power reserve.

Ralph Lauren Automotive 39mm

The Ralph Lauren Automotive 39mm channels some serious art deco vibes, with the chronometer taking much of its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57SC’s cockpit.

Made from hand-cut amboyna burl wood, the watch’s beautiful bezel – secured to the black gunmetal stainless steel casing with six individual screws – evokes the iconic Bugatti’s steering wheel, while the subtle beige hands and white Arabic numerals on the matt black face are inspired by the Atlantic’s gauges.

Set on a black alligator leather strap (using a black stainless steel pin buckle), the Ralph Lauren Automotive 39mm is one seriously classy chronometer, as at home on the open road as it is sat on the lawn at Pebble Beach.

£11,300, watches.ralphlauren.com 

Ralph Lauren Automotive 39mm chronometer