Rolex at Baselworld 2018
This week’s Rolex revelations have taken Baselworld by storm with the Swiss watch brand unveiling five new timepieces. The new designs all form part of the beloved Oyster range and place a contemporary twist on the collections signature features.
Often known as the GMT-Master II “Pepsi” in Stainless Steel, the new Rolex is smartly encased in Oystersteel with a bi-directional bezel and 24-hour graduated two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic.
There has been a sleek redesign of the lugs and sides of its Oyster case and the watch is fitted on a five-link Jubilee bracelet. There are two other versions of the GMT-Master II; including an 18 carat Everose gold edition and the second is crafted from an exclusive alloy.
Both watches have the name “GMT-Master II” inscribed in the dial in a powdered rose. Similarly, both bezels are fitted with two-colour Cerachrom inserts in black and a newly developed brown ceramic.
Introducing the new iteration of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 in either Everose Rolesor, combining Oystersteel and 18 carat Everose gold, or yellow Rolesor, fusing Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold. Each version is available in a large selection of dials.
The updated Datejust 36 is equipped with a 36mm case with redesigned lugs and sides with calibre 3235 putting this timepiece at the forefront of watchmaking technology. There’s a variety of combinations available, a standout has to be the Everose Rolesor with a white dial, 18 carat pink-gold Roman numerals and an elegant fluted bezel.
The Datejust 31 also receives some big updates this year, the new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 features a redesigned case sides and lugs in a choice of 18 carat white, yellow or Everose gold. The watch also features calibre 2236; a new generation of movement fitted with a patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon and offering a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
An eye-catching version of a classic, Rolex introduces a scintillating gem-set version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Originally created in 1963, this recognisable wristwatch established a successful track record in the world of motorsport and quickly became an icon. The new 18 carat Everose gold version is set with a gradation of sapphires in rainbow hues.
The bright case is set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds in the lugs and crown guard, while the dial features 11 baguette-cut sapphire hour markers; each matching a corresponding bezel colour.
Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea
The new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea features a 44mm case with redesigned lugs and sides with a broad Oyster bracelet and a corresponding adapted Oysterlock folding safety clasp.
For the first time the watch is equipped with calibre 3235; a movement that incorporates the patented Chroergy escapement and provides a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.