By The Nation
LIKE OTHER makers of luxury timepieces, Rolex inevitably waits for Basel World to launch its latest collections and this year is no exception with seven models of the brand’s iconic Oyster Perpetual Collection making their debut at the 2019 edition. So Thailand’s luxury watch crowd were delightd to be offered a preview at the Oriental Residence.
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42
A new model, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, joins the Rolex sailing watch collection. With a diameter of 42 mm – a new size for the Yacht-Master range – it houses the new-generation calibre 3235. Made of 18-carat white gold, the watch is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet and equipped with an Oysterlock safety clasp, also in 18-carat white gold, that includes the Rolex Glidelock extension system. The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 is equipped with calibre 3235. This new-generation movement, which stands apart thanks to its superior performance, incorporates the Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, and guarantees a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster and has symbolised excellence, elegance and prestige since the launch of the water-proof wristwatch in 1926 and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism in 1931.
The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
In addition to the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller makes its first appearance in a yellow Rolesor version, combining Oystersteel and 18-carat yellow gold. The name “Sea-Dweller” on the dial is marked in yellow. The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is presented in Oystersteel, with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a two-colour 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert in blue and black ceramic, fitted on a Jubilee bracelet. This watch is driven by the new-generation calibre 3285, launched in 2018. An Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18-carat yellow gold features a paved black lacquer dial. Thirty-six trapeze-cut diamonds are set on the bezel in lieu of the tachymetric scale.
For the first time, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 is equipped with calibre 3255, a movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology. In 18-carat yellow, white or Everose gold, the new variants of this emblematic model are introduced with dials presenting a concentric gradient, in decorative stone, or entirely diamond-paved with a rainbow of sapphires for the hour markers.
Two new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 appear with novel concentric gradient dials: green ombre on the watch in 18-carat yellow gold and brown ombre on the 18-carat Everose gold version. Two other versions, in 18-carat white gold or 18-carat yellow gold, are fitted with dials in decorative stone – pink opal or turquoise – framed by a bezel set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds. They are equipped respectively with calibre 3235 and calibre 2236, new-generation movements first introduced on these two models in 2018.