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Rolex launches the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II and four more watch models at BaselWorld 2018. The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II features a brand new movement, a unique new image and calibre 3285. The brand also offered a large variety of new dials along with a redesigned case to the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 and the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36. Moreover, the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, made in 18ct Everose gold (pink gold) is coupled with diamonds and sapphires. Lastly, the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea is offered with a broader bracelet and a redesigned case.
The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is designed to exhibit the time in two time zones at once, making it the perfect timepiece for world-wide travellers. The GMT-Master was initially designed for helping aeroplane pilots in navigation. Over the years, the emblematic bezel of GMT-Master has been introduced in single as well as two-colour combinations, making it the signature attribute of this globally recognised timepiece.
The new Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II features the conventional hour, minute and seconds’ hands, a 24-hour hand as well as a bidirectional rotatable bezel, including a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom. All these features help to read the time of two time zones at once. It may be either the local time and any other desirable time zone, or the local time and a reference time. The date is adjusted with the local time that is displayed.
Rolex launched three new GMT-Master II versions at Baselworld 2018. It features a brand new movement, a new image and new generation calibre 3285. The first of the new versions are in the Oystersteel. It is provided with a bidirectional rotatable bezel along with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom inserted in blue and red ceramic, as was used on the original 1955 GMT-Master. The manufacturer has redesigned the sides and lugs of its Oyster case, fitting the watch on a five-link Jubilee bracelet. For the first time, the GMT-Master II is featuring the Oystersteel, the two-colour Cerachrom in blue and red ceramic and Jubilee bracelet altogether.
The Calibre 3285 integrates the Rolex-patented Chronergy escapement, offering power reserve, precision, convenience, reliability, and resistance to magnetism and shocks. It is built of nickel-phosphorous, making it unresponsive to magnetic interference.
Rolex has launched the new generation Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 in yellow Rolesor (incorporating 18 ct Everose gold or Oystersteel) and Everose Rolesor (incorporating 18 ct yellow gold and Oystersteel) versions. Each of them is available with a large variety of dials. The new generation Datejust 36 timepieces feature redesigned sides and lugs, calibre 3235 and are fitted with a case of 36 mm.
Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 as the first self-winding waterproof chronometer watch that shows the date at 3 o’clock window on the dial. The watch integrated all the significant innovations that the brand had accorded to the modern wristwatch until then. Over the years, the Rolex Datejust has retained the everlasting codes, making it one of the most recognisable watches even today.
Rolesor is the combination of two metals – Gold and Steel. Gold is precious and attractive for its shine and durability, while steel is highly resistant, rigid and reliable. Since 1933, it has been a signature feature that comes in Rolex watches. The winding crown, bezel and centre bracelet links in the new Datejust 36 Everose Rolesor version are in Everose gold of 18 ct. However, the case, as well as the bracelet’s external links, is in Oystersteel. Following the same principle, the yellow Rolesor Datejust 36 versions are in yellow gold of 18 ct instead of Everose gold.
Featuring redesigned case lugs and sides, the new generation Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 comes in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. The latest versions come with calibre 2236 and carry the certification of Superlative Chronometer, ensuring outstanding performance on the wrist.
Rolex watches are adorned with the most precious gemstones. The manufacturer has its in-house gem-setters and gemmologists. Gemmologists examine and select those particular gemstones that fulfil the strictest quality criteria of Rolex. Gem setters place and fix these chosen stones precisely for glorifying the beauty, elegance, colour and shine of a Rolex watch.
The Datejust 31 Oyster case is waterproof to a depth of 330 feet (100 meters). It is an epitome of elegance and robustness, providing maximum protection for the high precision movement of the watch. The middle case is made of a solid block of 18 ct white, yellow or Everose gold. Rimmed with fine fluting, the case back is airtight with a unique tool that only Rolex watchmakers can access.
The winding crown is equipped with the double waterproofed Twinlock system. The crystal comes with a Cyclops lens that helps to skim the date. It is built of practically a scratchproof sapphire. The President bracelet of the new Datejust 31 assures a smooth visual consistency between the case and bracelet. The bracelet also has ceramic inserts inside the links to boost its durability and flexibility and a cover-up folding Crownclasp.
The new luminous Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona gem-set version of 18 ct Everose gold is fitted with a series of sapphires in rainbow hues, instead of the emblematic tachymetric scale. The case is decorated with fifty-six brilliant-cut diamonds that are fitted into the crown guard and lugs. There are eleven hour markers of baguette-cut sapphire, and each of them harmonises with the corresponding point’s colour on the watch’s bezel. The chronograph counters come in pink Gold Crystals that is a material with a specific shimmer effect. Rolex develops this material through a unique process in the time of crystallisation of a pink gold alloy.
The Cosmograph Daytona features calibre 4130, developed by Rolex. This self-winding mechanical chronograph movement integrates a chronograph function that has reduced the number of elements, increasing the reliability of the movement. The rugged chronograph has a column wheel and vertical clutch that provide an exact and immediate start. The actual heart of the watch, oscillator features a blue Parachrom hairspring that Rolex manufactures in a premier paramagnetic alloy. This Parachrom hairspring is unresponsive to the magnetic fields and provides excellent stability in temperature variations. It stays nearly ten times more accurate compared to the conventional hairspring, assuring uniformity in all positions. Calibre 4130 has a self-winding module through a perpetual rotor, offering a power reserve of nearly 72 hours.
This Cosmograph Daytona new version is fitted on an 18 ct Everose gold Oyster bracelet. It comes with ceramic inserts and a safety Oyster clasp from preventing accidental opening. The Oyster bracelet has the Rolex-patented 1996 Easylink rapid extension system. It helps the wearer to increase the length of bracelet easily by nearly 5 mm for added comfort.
The new version of Oyster Perpetual Deepsea features a case of 44 mm with redesigned sides and lugs, a wider Oyster bracelet and folding Oyster safety clasp. This professional watch for divers is fitted with calibre 3235 for the first time. This new generation of Rolex Deepsea is built of Oystersteel and features a D-blue dial that has a gradient of deep blue to pitch black. In 2014, the dial was launched in honour of the Deepsea Challenge expedition where Rolex accompanied the filmmaker James Cameron up to the depth of 35,787 feet to the deepest point of the ocean in Mariana Trench.
The new version also features the Superlative Chronometer certification like all other Rolex timepieces. However, the watch is fitted with a new generation calibre 3235. This self-winding mechanism is wholly manufactured by Rolex and provides essential gains concerning power reserve, precision, convenience, reliability and resistance to magnetism and shocks. The Rolex-patented Chronergy escapement is made of nickel and phosphorus. It blends high energy efficiency with exceptional dependability and is also unresponsive to magnetic interference. The oscillator comes with a blue Parachrom hairspring that is about ten times more precise in case of shocks compared to a regular hairspring. Moreover, it is equipped with a Rolex overcoil that assures its uniformity in every position.
The Rolex Deepsea has a unidirectional rotatable bezel that is equipped with a graduated 60-minute Cerachrom insert in black ceramic. It helps the divers in monitoring their underwater and de-stress time for safety. The Rolex-patented Cerachrom insert is built of a harder and corrosion resistant ceramic. It is almost scratchproof, and the ultraviolet rays do not affect its colour. The numerals and graduations are sculpted in ceramic, and a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process has been used for colouring. The knurled edge of its bezel provides outstanding grip when it is manipulated for setting dive time, also when wearing gloves.