Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II is the perfect example of the Rolex way: gradual modifications to an existing model, improving functionality and appearance. The 2017 Yacht-Master II doesn’t have all that much that is new – a triangular hour marker at 12 o’clock, a rectangular hour marker at 6 o’clock, new hour and minute…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer

The Rolex Explorer continues the long tradition of tough timepieces that began in the 1930s, when several Himalayan expeditions used Rolex Oyster watches. They accompanied the 1953 Everest expedition as well, and it was in that year that Rolex launched the Explorer, with all the rugged characteristics that had been developed up until then. In…

Rolex Yacht-Master 40

Rolex Yacht-Master 40

The Yacht-Master by Rolex, first introduced in 1992, has always been a luxury watch as opposed to a tool watch. The bi-directional rotating bezel can be used for timing events very approximately, in other words, to the nearest minute for events lasting 15 minutes or less (if you’re interested in this sort of functionality, there…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39

With the new 2016 version of the Pearlmaster in pink Everose gold, you get all the Rolex hallmarks – the Oyster case with screw-down solid caseback and crown, 100 metres water resistance, the Rolex calibre 3235 self-winding movement providing 70 hours power reserve, and Superlative Chronometer certification, a precision of around -2/+2 seconds max deviation…

Rolex Lady-Datejust 28

Rolex Lady-Datejust 28

Several of Rolex’s new watch versions this year (2016) are hallmarked by Rolesor, their trademark combination of stainless steel and gold in case and bracelet that provides a distinctive appearance and has a touch of austerity when compared to the all-gold versions. In other words, they’re not so expensive, reflecting the general drift of things…

Rolex Datejust 41

Rolex Datejust 41

The Rolex Datejust 41 is a classic, and the 2016 models have been slightly revisited in design. Six versions provide a choice between the gold colour, yellow or Everose pink, the bracelet design, dial colours and hour markers. With their dual gold and steel colour scheme, they are showy watches, unmistakable: you can choose between…

Rolex Cellini Dual Time

The 2016 version of the Cellini Dual Time by Rolex has a brown guilloché dial, and a subdial at 6 o’clock showing the time for a second time-zone. (Of course, you can still purchase the Cellini Dual Time in its previous silver-colour and black dial versions). Though the subdial has hour and minute hands, it…

Rolex Cellini Date

As I’m allergic to date windows that break up the symmetry of the dial, are too small to be practical, or that are included just because a third-party movement includes the date function, this watch can only make me happy. With Cellini, Rolex lets you choose whether to have a date indication on your watch…

Rolex Cellini Time

Cellini is Rolex’s dress watch, so without the Oyster case, but with great elegance, symmetry and simplicity. The new 2016 version has a redesigned white enamel dial, with elongated hour markers that are interrupted by the minute track, so that the hour hand corresponds to the inner extremities of the batons while the minute hand…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex way is to introduce small changes every year, and the new version of the classic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is no exception. The watch has a long history: it was first introduced in 1963. This year’s major difference with respect to the 2015 all-steel Daytona is the black Cerachrom bezel, which is tough, smart,…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

A new pilot’s watch from Rolex! The Rolex Air-King has some of the characteristics of classic pilot’s watches, such as the black dial, the generous SuperLuminova on hands and numerals, high resistance to magnetic fields, and the white triangle at 12 o’clock. But, as it’s a Rolex, it also differs significantly from the usual pilot’s…

The Rolex in Solace starring Anthony Hopkins

This detail from the trailer of Solace, starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish, shows a watch that plays a significant though brief role in the plot: psychic doctor John Clancy, played by Hopkins, realizes that he is up against a serial killer with the same sort of paranormal talents when he finds, on…

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 diamond pavé

This gem.-set Rolex Pearlmaster 39 iin yellow gold is a limited-edition watch, not in the catalogue of new products for 2015 but presented at Baselworld. It has 60 graded baguette stones around the bezel, and the dial is completely paved with diamonds. The Pearlmaster bracelet is also set with diamonds on the two narrow link…

Rolex Cellini Time 2015

At Baselworld 2015, Rolex introduced four new 39-mm watches in the Cellini Time collection. Cellini is Rolex’s dress watch, and with these new models it just got dressier, in white or Everose gold, with (for the first time for Cellini) a single or double diamond-set bezel. The versions with single diamond-set bezel has a row…

Gemset Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39

In these super-bling models by Rolex, new this year is the size, 39 mm, and the automatic calibre 3235, which is chronometer-certified by COSC and then tested in-case by Rolex. It attains a precision of +2/-2 secs per day, which is double the COSC standard (+4/-4) and has a power reserve of 70 hours, so…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual in steel

This is the entry-level Rolex, and the remarkable thing is its price: £3,750 for the 39 mm version, and £3,400 for the smaller versions. This year there are new colours and five sizes. Case and dial The Oyster Perpetual is a direct descendant of the first Oyster launched in 1926, and so it has the…

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40

The Rolex Yacht-Master was first introduced in 1992, a development of the Sumariner: it has the same sort of aesthetics, but it is not a diving watch, and so it has a bidirectional bezel, and a water resistance of 100 metres. As the name suggests, its theoretical audience is for yachtsmen rather than divers. The…

Rolex Lady-DateJust 28

The DateJust 28 by Rolex replaces the previous 26 mm model, and shares some aesthetic developments with the men’s Day-Date 40. It is available in a wide range, all in precious metals, 950 platinum, yellow gold or Everose gold. The incredible degree of vertical integration achieved by Rolex – which casts its metals in its…

Rolex

Company profile: Rolex reflects the vision of one man. Hans Otto Wilhelm Wilsdorf was born in Kulmbach, Bavaria, on 22 March 1881; by the age of 12 he had become an orphan. His first job was an apprenticeship in a pearl export company with a worldwide sales network: Wilsdorf himself acknowledged that what he learnt…

Rolex Day-Date 40

As per its usual style, with the Day-Date 40 Rolex is doing what it always does and making it better. There are some changes in the dial and bracelet, some important changes in the movement, but it is still the classic day-date pattern originally introduced in 1956, in the waterproof Oyster case, with self–winding movement…