Among all the Rolex launches this year, I couldn’t help but take notice of the four new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 watches in White Rolesor (A combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold).
Let’s start with the first watch of this quintessential Oyster, an aubergine delight. The magnificence of White gold and Oystersteel can be seen in all its glory in this spectacular piece. The watch is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, a particularly corrosion-resistant alloy and features a bezel set with 46 diamonds, a gorgeous sunray-finish dial with 18 ct white gold Roman numerals with the VI set with 11 diamonds. With its balanced bling, this watch could easily be the perfect day-to-evening accessory.
The screw-down caseback and the screw-down crown, with the Rolex Twinlock double waterproofness system, ensure that that this timepiece is water resistant to 100m. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date.
The three other versions are fitted respectively with a mint green, sunray-finish dial, white lacquer dial, or dark grey, sunray-finish dial, and a fluted bezel in 18 ct white gold. The hands and index hour markers or Roman numerals on all four watches are in 18 ct white gold. Although the aubergine has my heart, I have to say, that mint green reference is a welcome change.
Elevating the status of this instrument is the elegant White Rolesor bracelet (Oyster or Jubilee bracelet). The Oyster bracelet on the versions with either an aubergine or white lacquer dial is fitted with a folding Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link, developed by Rolex, that allows the wearer to easily adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm. The Jubilee bracelet on versions with a mint green or dark grey dial is equipped with an elegant concealed folding Crownclasp. In addition, a concealed attachment system ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case.
The new versions of the Datejust 31 are equipped with calibre 2236, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Calibre 2236 is fitted with a Syloxi hairspring in silicon, making it insensitive to magnetic fields, thus delivering an extremely high level of chronometric performance. The movement also contains a paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus escape wheel. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex-designed and patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movement’s shock resistance. Ten times more precise, the movement offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
Et voila! Ladies the new 31mm Datejust’s are here. Switch it up and add some spunk to your Rolex wardrobe. Any favourites?