Rolex Novelties 2023 unveiled at Watches and Wonders

New Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The success of theOyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, the iconic watch par excellence, has transcended the boundaries of the motor racing circuit thanks to its iconic aesthetics and superlative performance.

On the occasion of the model’s 60th anniversary, Rolex perpetuates the myth of its chronograph by revisiting the entire range. High-precision work involving both the case and the movement. Through all its evolutions and changes, it reminds us that the pursuit of excellence is a path that knows no end.

The dial highlights a new graphic balance with revised and resized hour markers and counter rings. A delicate play of colors and finishes creates a more pronounced contrast between the dial and the subdials and/or their rings, resulting in an increasingly harmonious and modern look on the Cosmograph Daytona’s dial.

The revised case design creates flowing, elegant lines of light on the sides of the case middle. In the declinations equipped with a ceramic Cerachrom bezel, the edge of the latter is made of the same metal as the case.

In the 950 platinum version, also recognizable because of its ice-blue dial, the oscillating weight is 18k yellow gold and is immediately visible through the transparent sapphire case back, a feature never before adopted in the Oyster Perpetual collection.

Considered the noblest of metals, platinum is striking for its unique luster. This rare precious metal is among the densest and most difficult to work with, as well as being known for its exceptional resistance to corrosion. Rolex uses only 950 platinum, an alloy composed of 950‰ (per thousand) platinum and a specific amount of ruthenium, meticulously worked in-house.

The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with Caliber 4131. This new chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, is an evolution of caliber 4130. Unveiled in 2023, it incorporates some of the major innovations Rolex has made to its movements, including the Chronergy escapement to reduce energy loss (among other benefits); the Paraflex shock device to protect the heart of the movement; and an optimized ball bearing to improve automatic winding.

The caliber features a new aesthetic for the Brand: a pierced oscillating weight and, on the bridges, an exclusive Côtes de Genève Rolex decoration, a reinterpretation of an iconic finish in traditional Swiss watchmaking.

The new Perpetual 1908 model

The Perpetual 1908, elegant, classic and markedly contemporary, is another example of the boldness that has always distinguished Rolex. Inheriting the historical codes of the Brand as well as its many watchmaking innovations, this model marks the beginning of a new chapter in Rolex’s pursuit of excellence. Its design and implementation highlight all the know-how that the Brand masters internally.

Inspired by a 1931 Oyster Perpetual, this entirely new timepiece overcomes the challenge of offering a slimmer profile in line with the Brand’s standards and inaugurates the Perpetual collection, which revisits the tradition of watchmaking as seen through the lens of Rolex and its pioneering spirit. The name “1908” is a reference to the year the trademark was officially filed in Switzerland.

Promising superlative performance, the 1908 claims its classicism as much as its modernity.

To animate the 1908, Rolex experts developed Caliber 7140, a completely new self-winding movement with two central hands and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The development of this slim gauge, entirely designed and manufactured by the Brand, led to the filing of no less than five patent applications.

Equipped with Syloxi balance spring, Chronergy escapement and Paraflex shockproof device, it provides a power reserve of about 66 hours and offers exceptional chronometric performance (-2/+2 seconds per day).

In order to make the timepiece thinner, Rolex teams worked to reduce the case thickness by one-third compared to watches in the Oyster Perpetual collection, without sacrificing movement performance in any way. In fact, the caliber is designed to meet the strict criteria of the Superlative Chronometer certification in terms of accuracy and reliability. Reducing the thickness of the case involved the development of innovative technical solutions-for example, to ensure perfect assembly of the regulating organ.

Made of 18k yellow or white gold, the new Dualclasp clasp offers greater comfort by adapting to the shape of the wrist. Consisting of two symmetrical folding foils, it allows effortless operation of the opening mechanism while ensuring optimal closure of the alligator leather strap.

New Yacht-Master 42 in Titanium RLX

The new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium, lightweight and sturdy, is the ally of those seeking freedom of movement. The watch is particularly suited to the needs and constraints of sport sailing and puts excellence at the service of performance.

The Yacht-Master 42, the second RLX titanium watch offered by Rolex after the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge, is proof that lightness is serious business.

RLX titanium makes its debut in the Yacht-Master range. The grade 5 titanium alloy selected by Rolex is distinguished by its light weight and mechanical and corrosion resistance. The use of this metal for the case and bracelet made it possible to reduce the weight of the watch by about one-third compared to a similar steel watch. RLX titanium is difficult to machine, and its use required the development of specific fabrication processes.

The surfaces, which combine different finishes-polished, shiny and technical satin-are a showcase of Rolex’s excellence and know-how in this area. The eye is captivated by the delicate mix of texture and light, contrasting the polished finish on the crown protection straps and the luster of the shiny finish on the upper edges of the lugs with the matte of the particularly pronounced technical satin finish visible on the case and bracelet.

The Oyster bracelet on the new Yacht-Master 42 is also made of RLX titanium. Features a technical satin finish on the sides of the links and on the sides of the Oysterlock security clasp cover. It features the Easylink quick extension link, which makes it easy to adjust the length of the bracelet by about 5 mm. This bracelet also incorporates ceramic inserts within its links that improve its smoothness on the wrist and durability.

Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller

The Sky-Dweller, with its two time zones and annual calendar, is the elegant and valuable companion of those who travel the world. The range is being renewed through numerous evolutions, and all of them demonstrate that, for Rolex, excellence lies in the smallest details.

First of all, these are aesthetic evolutions, with new declinations adding to the range. Then, there are the technical evolutions, with the introduction of a caliber that benefits from Rolex’s latest technological advances.

18K white gold is back in style in the Sky-Dweller range. This precious alloy is paired with the vivid black dial and, for the first time, the Oysterflex bracelet. Equipped with an Oysterclasp clasp and the Glidelock stretch system, this bracelet brings greater comfort to the wrist. The Sky-Dweller’s dial adopts unprecedented colors: a delicate mint green available in the white Rolesor version and an elegant blue-green, the latter exclusively for the 18K Everose gold reference with Oyster bracelet.

The Sky-Dweller features the Ring Command system, an interaction mechanism between the rotating bezel, winding crown and movement that allows the wearer to select functions and adjust them easily, quickly and safely. By rotating the Ring Command knurled bezel counterclockwise one, two, or three positions, the desired function can be selected (first position for calendar, second position for local time, third position for reference time), and then adjusted via the winding crown.

The new generation Sky-Dweller is equipped with the caliber 9002. Derived from the caliber 9001, which has animated the model since its launch in 2012, it is one of the most complex movements Rolex engineers have ever designed.

Allowing for the display of hours, minutes, seconds, date and month, as well as a second time zone in 24-hour format, Caliber 9002 includes the latest technical innovations Rolex has made to its movements: the Chronergy escapement, the Paraflex shock-absorbing device and a new oscillating weight with optimized ball bearing.

The new declinations of the GMT-Master II

By allowing us to track the passage of time in another time zone, the GMT-Master II enhances the ties that connect us to other places in the world. Now this model is available in two new versions, 18k yellow gold and yellow Rolesor, and sports a Cerachrom disc in gray and black ceramic, a novel color combination.

Thanks to the choice of materials, the precision of finishing and the excellence of know- how , it was possible to sublimate matter to give space to light. The harmonious contrast between the golden sheen of the Jubilee bracelet and the two-tone bezel in dark, sober tones evokes both the rush of the sun and the alternation of day and night.

With its traditional display and arrow-shaped 24-hour hand, the GMT-Master II allows the time of two time zones to be read simultaneously.

On the new declinations of the GMT-Master II this hand is made of 18k yellow gold-as are the hour markers and the other three hands-which creates an elegant contrast with the black lacquered dial.

The new declinations of the GMT-Master II are paired exclusively with a Jubilee bracelet. Supple and comfortable, this five-row bracelet features an Oysterlock safety clasp with folding clasp that prevents any inadvertent opening. It also features the Easylink quick extension link, developed by the Brand, which allows its length to be easily adjusted by about 5 mm. In the version made entirely of 18K yellow gold, the bracelet also integrates, within its links, Rolex-designed and patented ceramic inserts that improve its fluidity on the wrist and its durability.

The new Explorer 40 is born

The Explorer range is enriched with a new 40 mm diameter model. The latter provides greater readability and retains the qualities that made the Explorer, one of Rolex’s earliest watch-tools, a reference that has spanned the ages. The new Explorer 40, simple, rugged and corrosion-resistant, is made of Oystersteel, an alloy exclusive to Rolex.

The satin finish on the caseband, bracelet, and clasp and the light reflections on the polished caseband sides are an invitation to look at this iconic understated and harmonious watch with new eyes.

An example of robustness and reliability, the Explorer’s Oyster case features a 40 mm diameter for the first time. The case middle of this new model is machined from a solid block of Oystersteel. The Twinlock winding crown, equipped with a double waterproofing system, is securely screwed to the case. The glass is virtually scratch-resistant sapphire and benefits from an anti-reflective treatment.

Oystersteel offers a unique luster. Rolex watches made of this special steel retain their luster even when exposed to the most extreme conditions. Produced exclusively for Rolex, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L family of steels, alloys generally used in high technology, for example in the aerospace and chemical industries. Their excellent anti-corrosion properties are comparable to those of precious metals.

The Explorer 40 provides outstanding readability in all situations thanks to the Chromalight display, which emits a blue glow when the watch is in a dark environment and produces an especially vivid white color in daylight. The luminescent material used, an exclusive to Rolex, is known for its outstanding performance.

The colors of the Oyster Perpetual Bubble

A burst of color, a pop aesthetic, emotion in motion. With new dials studded with multicolored spheres, the Oyster Perpetual 31, Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 exhibit a cheerful and optimistic look that brings together the five colors introduced in the range in 2020.

The chromatic effervescence and graphic exhilaration are made possible by artistry and mastery of technique. The making of the dial, carried out under the strict conditions provided to avoid any contamination of the environment with dust, requires meticulous work at every stage so that every color is a source of wonder.

Composed of black-edged spheres of different sizes, the dials of the new Oyster Perpetuals echo the bright colors introduced in 2020: candy pink, light turquoise, yellow, coral red, and green.

The new declinations of the Oyster Perpetual are made of Oystersteel. This special steel, which offers exceptional luster, is produced exclusively for Rolex. Oystersteel belongs to the 904L family of steels, alloys generally used in high technology, for example in the aerospace and chemical industries. Their excellent anti-corrosion properties are comparable to those of precious metals.

The Oyster Perpetual 31 is equipped with caliber 2232, while the Oyster Perpetual36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 house caliber 3230. Both movements were developed and produced by Rolex, unveiled in 2020 and incorporated into these models in the same year. They incorporate some of Rolex’s latest technological advances, such as the high-performance Paraflex shock-absorbing device.

Equipped with the Syloxi balance spring and a paramagnetic nickel-phosphor escapement wheel, Caliber 2232 provides a power reserve of about 55 hours. Caliber 3230, on the other hand, includes the blue Parachrom balance spring and Chronergy escapement, thanks to which it boasts apower reserve of about 70 hours.

The newly presented declinations of the Oyster Perpetual 31, Oyster Perpetual 36 and Oyster Perpetual 41 are paired with an Oyster bracelet. Developed in the late 1930s, this three-row bracelet is still the most popular bracelet among the watches in the Oyster Perpetual collection and is distinguished by its sturdiness. The Oyster bracelet on these new watches has an Oysterclasp with a folding clasp, which prevents any inadvertent opening. It has the Easylink quick extension link, developed by Rolex, which allows it to be easily adjusted to about 5 mm in length.

Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

The new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36s sport ornamental stone dials whose iridescent colors evoke the atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Green aventurine, carnelian, and turquoise are associated with Everose gold, yellow gold, and 18k white gold declinations, respectively.

The new Day-Date 36s, a showcase of the Manufacture’s excellence in dial making, are also an example of the Brand’s perfect mastery of the art of gem-setting. The association of extraordinary stones, gems and precious metals emphasizes the distinction and elegance of this prestigious model.

The crystallized effects, matrices and veining specific to each of these ornamental stones make each dial unique and make each specimen a true work of art. Only after being worked does the stone reveal its singular appearance. Subsequently, the custom-made finish allows it to meet Rolex’s superlative and rigorous standards.

The first declination, made of 18k Everose gold, sports a green aventurine dial with a delicately crystallized surface. The second, in 18-karat yellow gold, opts for a dial made of carnelian, a stone distinguished by lines of varying shapes and thicknesses, to form a delicate orange-colored camaïeu. The third, made of 18k white gold, features a turquoise dial dotted with natural veins.

The three new declinations of the Day-Date 36 feature a bezel set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds, as do the hour markers and Roman numerals VI and IX, which are also set with diamonds.

Rolex uses only the highest quality natural gemstones, meticulously selected according to strict criteria of purity, color and intensity. Rolex’s expert gem-setters are renowned for their mastery in crafting flawless, perfectly aligned bezels and bringing out the brilliance of gemstones.

The 18-karat gold used for Rolex watches is processed and cast in the Manufacture’s own foundry. These unique alloys, composed of 75 percent pure gold and a mixture of silver, copper, palladium and indium, are the result of long years of research to perfect their manufacturing process. With established know-how, the Brand produces various types of 18k gold: yellow gold, white gold, and Everose gold, an exclusive and patented alloy of 18k rose gold developed by Rolex.

The three-row President bracelet , exclusively made of 18k gold or 950 platinum, was specially created for the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date and was unveiled in 1956 at the launch of this prestigious watch. To this day, it is reserved for the Day-Date and Datejust in precious metal.

The President bracelet on the new Day-Date 36 features an invisible Crownclasp clasp that opens via a small lever in the shape of a Rolex crown, the perfect alchemy of function and form. This bracelet also incorporates patented ceramic inserts within its links that improve its smoothness on the wrist and durability. The invisible fastening system ensures perfect visual continuity between the bracelet and the case.

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