26 Mar 19, Sofia
Every year after Baselworld ends and we meet the new Rolex models, we believe that the highest peak is reached. Until next time, when it turns out that the way up has no limits for the Swiss brand and it manages to enchant us with its inexhaustible creativity and sense of modernism. During its more than 100-years history the brand has been holding its position of a symbol of prestige, aim for excellence and continuous evolution, in line with clear respect for tradition of over a century. Here are the new members of Rolex family that take their honorable places this year.
The Yacht-Master range has been extended with the arrival of the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42. With a new diameter of 42 mm, this bold watch is made of 18 ct white gold, a precious metal used for the first time on a Yacht-Master model. The new watch is equipped with calibre 3235 - a new-generation movement, which stands apart thanks to its superior performance, and incorporates the Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, and guarantees a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. The case of Yacht-Master 42 is fitted with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in matt black ceramic. The Oysterflex bracelet is provided with an Oysterlock safety clasp in 18 ct white gold, like the case material, with the addition of the Rolex Glidelock extension system.
The “Lord of Seas and Oceans” also made its premiere with a new image. Yellow gold is introduced for the first time in the Sea-Dweller range. The yellow Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) features case sides and lugs that reflect light to highlight the profile of its Oyster case in Oystersteel. Yellow color is present on the dial as well through the inscription “Sea-Dweller” mirroring the 18 ct yellow gold of the unidirectional rotatable bezel, which is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is equipped with the new-generation calibre 3235, like Yacht-Master 42.
The “traveler” in the family, GMT-Master II, is presented in various new versions, among which the most impressive is the GMT-Master II in Oystersteel, with a two-colour Cerachrom bezel insert in blue and black ceramic, and a Jubilee bracelet. The other options include classic Pepsi bezel in red and blue with an Oyster bracelet, equipped with ceramic inserts inside the links. The new versions are also equipped with the new-generation calibre 3285, presented in 2018. The bracelet on each of these watches is equipped with an Oysterlock folding safety clasp and the Easylink comfort extension link. Several very special versions of the GMT-Master II also attracted the connoisseur’s attention. They are presented in 18 ct Everose gold, adorned with rubies, sapphires and diamonds. Each one of those limited editions features a bidirectional rotatable bezel set with trapeze-cut rubies and blue sapphires to evoke daytime and night-time hours respectively. Twelve diamonds, of which one, at 12 o’clock, is triangular, are placed at regular intervals, punctuating the arcs formed by the coloured gemstones. These new versions are equipped with new-generation movement 3285. The lugs and crown guard are set with 94 brilliant-cut diamonds, while one of the options’ dial is paved with 428 diamonds. Another version offers a bracelet set with 588 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The watch admired and owned by presidents and prominent leaders from all over the world appeared in its original diameter of 36 mm and multiple versions of the dial. The novel concentric gradient dials are among the most intriguing ones: green ombré on the watch in 18 ct yellow gold and brown ombré on the 18 ct Everose gold version. Two other impressive versions, either in 18 ct white gold or in 18 ct yellow gold, are fitted with dials in decorative stone – pink opal or turquoise – framed by a bezel set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds. For those who are attracted by the brilliance of the precious stones, a version in 18 ct white gold and an entirely diamond-paved dial with a rainbow of 10 baguette-cut sapphires marking the hours, has definitely something to tell. Its bezel is set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds and the centre links of the bracelet with 412 brilliant-cut diamonds. These versions are equipped with new-generation calibre 3255, which incorporates the Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, and offers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. Oyster case comes with redesigned lugs and sides, where the light reflections highlight its elegant profile. The iconic President bracelet is slightly slimmer with ceramic inserts inside the bracelet links. Combinations of colors and finishes are more than we can imagine.
The classic Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 presented a large selection of new dials, among which the highlights are white Rolesor versions (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold), featuring a choice of a black sunrayfinish dial or a dial in white mother-of-pearl accompanied by 10 diamond hour markers. The bezels are also diverse – fluted or paved with diamonds. The bracelets are Oystersteel Jubilee in steel. All the new versions house the new-generation calibre 3235, a movement that we saw in the Datejust 36 models in 2018.
The new models of the Datejust 31 line, meant for the most delicate female wrists, also presented a variety of dials that we have never seen before. We see a dark rhodium on the dial that comes for the first time on Datejust 31. It features Roman numerals – the VI set with 11 diamonds. The yellow Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) with an olive-green sunrayfinish dial is also very elegant with its Jubilee bracelet, while the Everose Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold) with a rosé-colour sunray-finish dial is the epitome of delicacy. The new models house a movement calibre 2236, that we saw in the Datejust 31 models in 2018.
Cosmograph Daytona is a model that always manages to enter with style and glamour. Precious and refined, the new version, created in 18 ct yellow gold, comes with a paved black lacquer dial, where champagne-colour counters are intertwined with diamonds and black lacquer to create the “tiger effect” and win the name “Wild Cat”. On the bezel, 36 trapeze-cut diamonds replace the emblematic tachymetric scale. Its Oysterflex bracelet has an Oysterlock safety clasp in 18 ct yellow gold, as well as the Easylink comfort extension link. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, which includes a blue Parachrom hairspring, offering a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.