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3 May 2017

Baselworld 2017: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

By: Liz Allister

Rolex is introducing the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, its classic watch for world travellers, for the first time in a choice of yellow Rolesor or white Rolesor versions – combining 904L steel and 18 ct yellow or white gold.

The dials now feature rectangular index hour markers and longer hands, as well as a Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence, which enhances legibility. The White Rolesor Sky-Dweller will retail at £10,600 and the Yellow Rolesor model at £12,600.

AN ABUNDANCE OF ROLEX INNOVATION

An elegant watch for world travellers, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection technological sophistication and ease of use. 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. To set its functions quickly and easily, the Sky-Dweller is also equipped with an innovative patented interface: the rotatable Ring Command bezel.

ROLESOR, A MARRIAGE OF GOLD AND STEEL

Rolesor, the combination of gold and steel on a Rolex watch, has been a signature feature of the brand since 1933, when the name was registered. On the yellow Rolesor version of the Sky-Dweller, the bezel, the winding crown as well as the centre bracelet links are made of 18 ct yellow gold, while the middle case and the outer links of the bracelet are in 904L steel. On the white Rolesor version, the bezel is made of 18 ct white gold, while the crown, middle case and bracelet are in 904L steel.

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THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS

The Sky-Dweller’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet), is a paragon of robustness. Its characteristically shaped middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel. The winding crown, fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire.

PERPETUAL CALIBRE 9001

The Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9001, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Protected by seven patents, it is one of the most complex calibres ever developed by the brand. Its architecture, manufacturing quality and innovative features make it singularly precise and reliable. The Calibre 9001 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours. A selector wheel on the outside edge of the movement ensures the interaction of the movement and the bezel of the watch to set the functions.

SOLID-LINK BRACELET WITH EASYLINK EXTENSION SYSTEM

The Sky-Dweller is fitted on a solid-link Oyster bracelet in 904L steel, in the case of the white Rolesor version, or, for the yellow Rolesor version, an Oyster bracelet combining 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold. The Oyster bracelet benefits from the new concealed attachment system beneath the bezel which ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case. It is equipped with a folding Oysterclasp and also features the ingenious Rolex patented Easylink rapid extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm, for additional comfort in any circumstance.

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