With Rolex, you never anticipate. You wait. You watch. You pretend that long journey from Australia to Switzerland never happened and you go back all awestruck. This year Rolex set Baselworld 2017 on fire with 7 new introductions.
Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of ahh, let’s get right into our top 4 winners:
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller with Cyclop Lens
It’s Rolex’s 50th anniversary and the watch that has conquered the seas is back, only this time with a slight twist. This years Sea Dweller features a 43 mm case (the largest sea dweller ever produced by Rolex) with a cyclop lens (date window), the new calibre 3235 with a 70 hour power reserve and water resistance of 1220 meters.
The Sea Dweller name in ‘Red’ – who would’ve expected it. Rolex has balanced out personality and innovation extremely well. Australia we can tell you one thing for sure, this one has created quite a stir, so head in to your nearest Rolex retailer; get in line and place your orders before its gone.
RRP – AUD $14,400
Goodbye conservative. Hello Daring. The highlight of the new Cellini is without a doubt its moon phase display. Nope we did not see that coming. Situated at 6 o clock, the lunar module that drives the moon phase display has been patented by Rolex. All thanks to Rolex’s new and improved caliber 3195, the moon phase module will need no adjustment for the next 122 years.
So really what’s all the buzz about? The moon phase disk has been carefully enameled featuring an actual piece of meteorite rock symbolising the moon. The tiny gold arrow on top of the moon phase indicates the lunar cycle.
As each night goes by, the moon phase disc follows the lunar cycle: when the meteorite applique is aligned with the moon phase indicator, the moon will be full in the night to come. Rotating clockwise, the disc shows the waning phases until the silver ring reaches the top, indicating the new moon. Thereupon the lunar cycle continues through the waxing phases until the moon is full again.
In terms of layout, the new Cellini is a real classic; not too busy, not too bland, just right. It features a blue date hand and an hours, minutes and second hand which is done in gold.
How deep does your love for complications go?
RRP – AUD $33,900
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona with Oysterflex Bracelet
Offered in 18ct yellow, white or everose gold, our next contender is the new Cosmograph Daytona with Oysterflex bracelet. For the first time, Rolex has integrated an Oysterflex bracelet (elastomer reinforced with a metal blade) to the Cosmograph Daytona collection which to be honest gives the watch a refreshingly new look. A Cerachrom bezel which was introduced in the Daytona only last year makes its way once again in the collection. Corrosion resistant, virtually scratch proof and unaffected by UV rays, this extremely durable bezel also offers an exceptionally legible tachymetric scale, thanks to the deposition of a thin layer of 18 ct gold or platinum in the numerals and graduations via a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) process. The monobloc Cerachrom bezel is made in a single piece and holds the crystal firmly in place on the middle case, ensuring waterproofness.
The winding crown is fitted with a Triplock triple waterproofness system as well as chronograph pushers which screw down securely against the case.
Beating inside the watch, is Rolex’s caliber 4130, a high performance chronograph movement boasting a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
Take your pick people.
Yellow Gold – AUD $34,900
White Gold – AUD $36,450
Everose Gold – AUD $36,450
Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
It’s the industry’s most iconic travellers timepiece and Rolex’s only dual time watch. For the first time, the new Sky-Dweller is available in a combination of 904L steel and 18ct gold.
So what is the new Sky Dweller bringing to the table this year? For starters, the dial now features rectangular index hour markers and longer hands in comparison to the Roman or Arabic numerals used in its previous models, which is a little more conservative yet classy. It includes a dual time zone, with local time read via centre hands and a reference time display in a 24-hour format read via a rotating off-centre disc on the dial; a particularly innovative annual calendar named Saros – after the astronomical phenomenon of the same name – that requires only one date adjustment a year, when the month changes from February to March; and a month display by means of 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial.
Other features include Rolex’s patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm for additional comfort and a ring command bezel which is unidirectional and designed to avoid any damage to the mechanism of the watch. The bezel is adjusted with the winding crown to set various functions that include a 24-hour second time zone and an annual calendar.
Beating inside is Rolex’s ‘Anti-magnetic’ Calibre 9001 movement which offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
Steel and Yellow Gold (Black Dial, White Dial and Champagne Dial) – AUD $21,700
Steel and White Gold (Black Dial, Blue Dial and White Dial) – AUD $18,250