The world’s biggest luxury watch brand has opened the Baselworld 2012, by presenting the series of new Oyster Perpetual models. Highlighted with a new Sky-Dweller, the collection also includes a Submariner, a Yacht-Master, a Datejust II, a Datejust, a Cosmograph Daytona, a Lady-Datejust, a Datejust Lady 31, a Day-Date and a Day-Date II watch.
Specially created for the modern day’s travelers, the new Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the first brand’s watch with two time-zones and the annual calendar that discreetly displays the passage of months. With the controversial design that some people find attractive and surprising, while at the same time, others are disappointed with its dial, this is a kind of watch that will definitely start a lot of interesting discussions. No matter what you think about its look, you have to appreciate a superb mechanism that powers the watch.
It is a new high-performance Calibre 9001 self-winding movement, entirely developed and crafted by Rolex. Incorporating a selector wheel on its outside edge, which allows the interaction of the movement and the bezel, this is one of the most complex mechanisms in the brand’s history. Equipped with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, this mechanism provides the highest quality, approved by the COSC Chronometer Certification. The Saros annual calendar and the ring command setting system are also executed to be superbly tough. Rolex bi-directional perpetual rotor provides continuous winding of a mainspring.
Great performances of the Calibre 9001 are presented on the dial, in a smart and interesting way. Providing the watch with the unique aesthetic identity, an off-centre rotating disc displays 24-hours scale, while the fix inverted triangle shows the reference time. At the same moment, local time is indicated by central hour, minute and second hands and it can be quickly adjusted, thanks to the jumping hour hand. An instantaneous annual calendar, located at the 3 o’clock position requires only one adjustment per year. Months are nicely displayed via 12 apertures that run around the outer rim. Thanks to the rotating Ring Command bezel, the wearer has an innovative interface to go through functions easily.
Made in three variations, Rolex Sky-Dweller features recognizable Oyster case and bracelet. Incorporating the fluted, bi-directional rotating bezel, its 42 mm case is made of 18 karat yellow gold, white gold or Everose gold. Either version is available with the choice of champagne, sunray finish ivory, satin finish chocolate or sunray finish dial. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).
New Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Chronograph
Last year, at Baselworld, we discovered the superb version of the brand’s legendary model, originally launched in 1963. For 2012, Rolex decided to go with a luxury model, highlighted with a striking bezel, completely set with sapphires, covering all colors of the rainbow. Besides, case lugs, a crown guard and hour markers are adorned with sparkling diamonds. The exceptional luxury pack is completed with a case and a bracelet, crafted in 18 karat yellow or white gold.
Three sub-dials of the new Cosmograph Daytona rather look like ancient golden coins than like chronograph counters. They are made of special 18 carat gold alloy, perfected by the Swiss watchmaker, providing the perfect contrast with black lacquer of the dial. They crystal structure and the unique design of each counter have to be reworded by compliments. A red, central chronograph hand counts time with 1/8 of a second accuracy. The 30-minute counter is at the 3 o’clock position, the 12-hour counter takes the 9 o’clock position, while the small seconds sub-dial is located at the 6 o’clock position. Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45 that indicate minutes are crafted in 18 karat gold, while 8 diamonds in 18 karat gold settings indicate hours.
The new Cosmograph Daytona Chronograph has a 40 mm Oyster case, which guarantees super toughness and resistance to different types of mechanical shocks. It features a hermetically screwed-down fluted case-back, as well as screw-down chrono pushers and a crown that is additionally protected by a crown guard. The most striking part of the watch is the colorful bezel, completely set with 36 baguette-cut sapphires. The timepiece is available with an Oyster bracelet made of 18 karat white or yellow gold, with the Easylink rapid extension system and the latest- generation Oysterlock safety clasp to prevent accidental opening.
Inside the case, there is a Rolex Calibre 4130 self-winding chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This highly accurate certified chronometer incorporates a blue Parachrom hairspring, the brand’s patent that offers a great stability and precision.
New Rolex Submariner Diving Watch
The 2012 model of the Submariner comes with a subtly redesigned case and an updated, new-generation Rolex Oyster bracelet, but the basic concept, a fabulous design and superb functionality are still there. (Read the review of the previous Submariner line.) The Swiss watchmaker removed the date window from the dial, in order to get even more legible interface. Besides, highly legible Chromalight appliqués and hands that glow blue, make the black lacquer dial super-readable in the low-light conditions.
A 40 mm Oyster case is made of 904L stainless steel super alloy and it incorporates a unidirectional rotating bezel, with a black Cerachrom insert and the 60-minute graduated scale. The watch is equipped with the Oyster, three-piece solid links bracelet, made of 904L stainless steel. It incorporates a folding OYSTERLOCK safety clasp and the GLIDELOCK extension system.
Rolex Submariner has the superb water-resistance up to 300 meters (990 feet) that makes it suitable for the professional diving. The watch is powered with a Rolex perpetual Caliber 3130 self-winding movement which exceptional performances are awarded with the COSC Chronometer Certificate. It incorporates a paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring and a perpetual rotor that ensures bidirectional automatic winding.
Sport and Elegance – New Rolex Yacht-Master Watch
Made of “Rolesium” (a special combination of 904L stainless steel superalloy and platinum), the new Yacht-Master is a simple, nice looking sport timepiece, with the distinctive touch of elegance. A bidirectional rotating bezel with the 60-minute scale is graduated in polished platinum, which makes a beautiful contrast with a sand-blasted finishes of the bezel. The rotating system is based on a 120-position notched ring and a trigonal spring that allows continuous torque in both directions, for highly precise handling.
A 40 mm Oyster case is available with a three-piece solid links bracelet, made of 904L stainless steel, presenting a beautiful contrast between polished and brushed surfaces. A clear and legible sunray finish dial, either blue or grey, features CHROMALIGHT indices and hands that guarantee the highest readability. At the three o’clock position, there is a magnifying Cyclops eye date aperture.
The new Yacht-Master is powered with a Rolex self-winding movement that incorporates a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).
New Day-Date Watches Bring Refined Luxury Style
Finally, let us quickly go through the new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date line. Crafted in luxurious materials, three versions of this stylish timepiece provide a number of color and design variations. These symbols of prestige and exclusivity are made of 18 karat yellow gold, EVEROSE gold or platinum.
The 36 mm case incorporates either fluted or domed bezel and it is available with a choice of an Oyster or a President bracelet in the matching material. The highlight of the watch is the beautifully design dial, adorned with eight diamond markers in 18 karat gold settings and two special, baguette-cut rubies or emeralds. Besides, 12 and 3 o’clock positions are reserved for day and date windows. The dial comes either in chocolate, black or rhodium colors, with appealing sunray finishes. Equipped with the brand’s most advanced self-winding mechanism, this model is a true representative of Rolex craftsmanship.
For those with the highest appetite for luxury, the Swiss watchmaker created an even more glamorous model, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II, highlighting the bezel with sparkling stones (80 baguette-cut diamonds or 42 brilliant-cut diamonds). Made of 18 karat yellow, white or EVEROSE gold, the significantly larger 41 mm case provides the perfect size for a modern man.
Furthermore, a champagne, silver or black dial is also beautified with 8 baguette-cut diamonds in 18 karat gold settings and 2 baguette-cut rubies or sapphires. Rolex Day-Date II timepiece is available with a president bracelet with three-piece solid links, either made of 18 karat yellow, white or EVEROSE gold.
New Rolex Datejust 36 mm – Watch and a Piece of Jewelry
A new Rolex Datejust 36 mm watch is definitely the biggest jewel inside the new Oyster Perpetual range. Its 36 mm case, crafted in 18 karat Everose gold, incorporates a breathtaking bezel, completely set with 60 baguette-cut and 120 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Speaking about an exceptional luxury, this is just the beginning. The absolute highlight of this feminine timepiece is its glamorous, pink gold dial, finished with contrasting black lacquer motif and 262 diamonds set. Besides, the diamonds in pink gold settings mark hours with shimmering splendor. This beautiful watch is available either with a 18 karat Everose gold Oyster bracelet or with a pink alligator strap.
Like all watches from the Oyster Perpetual range, this watch is powered by a Rolex self-winding mechanism, equipped with a paramagnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring and a perpetual rotor.