With its latest creations, Rolex demonstrates its perpetual pursuit of excellence. An ever-present challenge manifested in the brand’s ambition to perfect every component, question every method, and master every aspect of watchmaking expertise.
The watches unveiled illustrate a desire to reinvent while preserving a sense of continuity, to innovate while being mindful of tradition, and to leverage technology in daring to create. It is through such efforts – bolstered by the ‘superlative’ vision that permeates the entire creation process down to the finest detail – that exemplary timepieces are formed, and prevail. Watches that, with time, become icons.
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To mark 60 years of the Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex presents a new generation of this iconic collection, which has been updated across the entire range. The emblematic style and technical performance of the Cosmograph Daytona has cemented its iconic status well beyond the motor racing circuits.
The dial receives new graphic balance with harmonious colour combinations that accentuate the contrast between the dial and the counters. The Oyster case has been redesigned and its profile is highlighted by the light reflections on the lugs and case sides.
The Cosmograph Daytona is introduced with the calibre 4131 movement. This new chronograph movement, an evolution of calibre 4130, incorporates several major innovations that Rolex has brought to its movements, including the Chronergy escapement.
A prestigious and iconic watch, the Cosmograph Daytona in 950 platinum now features a transparent case back as well as an oscillating weight made of 18ct yellow gold and like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, ensuring excellent performance on the wrist. Through its name and functions, the Cosmograph Daytona is forever linked to the world of motor sport and, 60 years after its launch, continues to boast unparalleled status among sport chronographs.
Rolex inaugurates its Perpetual collection with the Perpetual 1908, a name given in homage to the year Hans Wilsdorf registered the name ‘Rolex’ to this now iconic brand. Inspired by one of the first Rolex watches fitted with the Perpetual rotor, the 1908 is the first member of the Perpetual collection.
This new collection is a reinterpretation of traditional watchmaking style imbued with quintessential expertise and the aesthetic heritage of Rolex. Within this it features a 39mm case in 18ct yellow or white gold, with gracious lines and a transparent back that allows the refined aesthetics of the movement to be admired as well as the pivoting of the oscillating weight.
Unveiled this year, is the 1908 is equipped with calibre 7140. At the forefront of watchmaking technology, this new movement includes the Chronergy escapement, the Syloxi hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. Like all Rolex watches, the Perpetual 1908 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Rolex extends the Explorer range with the arrival of a new 40mm model, the Rolex Explorer 40. Offering enhanced legibility, this timepiece carries all the qualities that have made the Explorer a reference of note throughout the decades.
Simple, robust and corrosion resistant, the new Explorer 40 is crafted from Oystersteel, a Rolex proprietary alloy.
The Explorer 40 is equipped with calibre 3230, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex that was released in 2020 at the forefront of watchmaking technology, providing essential functions – hours, minutes and seconds.
The Oyster bracelet of this new model features the Oysterlock folding safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening. It is also equipped with the Easylink comfort extension link, developed by the brand, which allows the wearer to easily adjust the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm.
For 2023, Rolex restyles its Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, recognised for its ease of use and modern design, with the introduction of aesthetic and technical enhancements. The Sky-Dweller is now equipped with calibre 9002- an evolution of the calibre 9001. This new movement includes some of the major innovations that Rolex has brought to its movements, including the Chronergy escapement. Calibre 9002 enables the Sky-Dweller to display the date and the month, as well as an additional time zone in 24-hour format, and the hours, minutes and seconds.
The Sky-Dweller also includes the Ring Command system, an interface between the rotatable bezel, winding crown and movement that allows the wearer to select and set the timepiece’s functions one by one, easily, quickly and securely.
A paragon of robustness and elegance, the 42mm Oyster case of the new-generation Sky-Dweller is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The middle case of the versions presented is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, or 18 ct white or Everose gold. Its case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.
The Rolex GMT-Master II is introduced this year in two new versions – yellow Rolesor and 18 ct yellow gold – with a Cerachrom bezel insert in grey and black ceramic, an entirely new colour combination.
Both share common features. Firstly, a two- colour, 24-hour graduated monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert in grey and black ceramic. On the dial, the name ‘GMT-Master II’ is in a powdered yellow colour. These new versions are fitted on a Jubilee bracelet, equipped with an Oysterlock clasp and the Easylink comfort extension link.
Designed as a navigation aid for professionals criss-crossing the globe, the GMT-Master has become the watch of choice for world travellers. It has a unique and instantly recognisable design with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated insert, which has been made available in various dual-colour combinations – the lower half symbolising daytime hours and the upper signalling night-time hours as well as in single-colour versions.
Rolex played a pioneering role in the development of special ceramics for creating monobloc bezels and bezel inserts. Not only are these materials virtually scratchproof, but their colours are also of a rare intensity and are resistant to environmental effects.
Rolex brings in a new dial decoration for its Oyster Perpetual range, a family recognised for its pure lines and universal elegance. Alive with colour, vitality and positivity, the new lacquered dial of the Oyster Perpetual in 31mm, 36mm and 41mm is dotted with many-coloured bubbles that joyfully reunite the five hues introduced to the range in 2020.
Named ‘Celebration’, this brand-new motif is available for the Oyster Perpetual 31, Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41.
The Oyster Perpetual 31 is equipped with calibre 2232, while the Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 are both fitted with calibre 3230. These two movements are at the forefront of watchmaking technology and provide essential functions – hours, minutes and seconds.
Watches in the Oyster Perpetual range are direct descendants of the original Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, on which Rolex has built its reputation since 1926. Timeless in their essence, they are continually reinterpreted and have gradually been endowed with the brand’s successive technical innovations. The varied and constantly evolving colours and design of the dials ensure the Oyster Perpetual never loses its fresh and contemporary appeal.
The new Rolex Day-Date 36 introduces dials made of decorative stones in shimmering tones, evoking the atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Three new versions of the Day-Date 36 are introduced with radiant dials.
The first, made of 18ct Everose gold, is presented with a dial in green aventurine, a stone with a finely crystallised surface. The second is crafted from 18ct yellow gold and its dial is cut from carnelian, an orangey-colour stone typified by lines of varying shapes and sizes forming an artful cameo of patterns. The third, an 18ct white gold variation, features a turquoise dial textured with natural veining.
All three are endowed with a bezel set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds and fitted on a President bracelet. Created especially for the launch of the prestigious Day-Date in 1956, this three-piece link bracelet, made only from 18ct gold or 950 platinum, is still reserved exclusively for the Day-Date and precious metal versions of the Datejust.
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