Rolex rolls on

lifestyle June 25, 2018 10:00

By The Nation

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Rolex took the opportunity of Baselworld 2018 to introduce its updated Oyster series timepieces with the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in a brand new Rolex movement, calibre 3285, and a distinctive new image.

The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 and the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 are also offered with a large selection of new dials and a redesigned case, whilst the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 carat Everose gold is presented in a gem-set version with sapphires and diamonds. 

The GMT-Master II range comes with a new version in Oystersteel, equipped with a bi-directional rotatable bezel and a 24-hour graduated

two-colour Cerachrom insert in red-and-blue ceramic. The lugs and sides of its Oyster case have been redesigned, and the watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet.

The new generation of Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36, in either Everose Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and 18 carat Everose gold) or yellow Rolesor (combining Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold) versions, each available with a large selection of dials. The new Datejust 36 watches are equipped with a 36 mm case featuring redesigned lugs and sides, and calibre 3235.

The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 is also presented in redesigned case sides and lugs and new versions of calibre 2236. Amongst the many combinations available, one, in 18 carat white gold, is fitted with a white mother-of-pearl dial and a diamond-set bezel. Another, in 18 carat yellow gold, features a malachite dial with a Roman VI and IX in 18 carat yellow gold set with diamonds, and a version in 18 carat Everose gold is introduced with a diamond-paved dial inlaid with pink mother-of-pearl butterflies.

Rolex is also introducing a scintillant gem-set version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Created in 1963, this watch has established an extraordinary track record in the world of motor sport, rising to the rank of an icon. On this new 18 carat Everose gold version, in lieu of the emblematic tachymetric scale, the bezel is set with a gradation of sapphires in rainbow hues. The case is adorned with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds set into the lugs and crown guard, and the dial features 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers, each of which matches the colour of the corresponding point on the bezel. The chronograph counters are in pink Gold Crystals, a material with a particular shimmer effect, created during the crystallisation of a pink gold alloy by means of a special process developed by Rolex.

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