Visiting the Rolex booth is really quite something, it’s the classic 4-S configuration: spacious, sophisticated, stylish and serviceable. The year’s collections were also well in keeping with their surroundings.
There was the return of a classic oldie – the Oyster perpetual GMT-Master II – or perhaps it would be more correct to say the updating of a Rolex icon. No longer a 38 mm timepiece in stainless steel with its hollow links, but a 40 mm version in white gold with that eye-catching red and blue bezel in Cerachrom, a patented process that creates a single bulk-coloured component in two colours.
- Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II by Rolex
This innovative process produces a scratch-resistant red ceramic disc and then modifies the chemical composition of each grain to change the red to blue over half of the bezel with a distinct separation of the two colours which is then diamond polished. The 24-hour index is engraved in the ceramic and coated with platinum using PVD.
The watch is equipped with a 3186 mechanical movement with a bi-directional self-winding rotor with a 48-hour power reserve; there are central hours, minutes and seconds hands, a 24-hour hand with an arrow head for the second time zone, with the classic magnified date window at 3 o’clock and stop-seconds for precise time setting. There is a black lacquered dial with long-lasting ‘chromolight’ appliqué hour markers and hands, an Oyster three-link bracelet with polished and satin-finished links and a folding safety clasp.
If you’ve been lusting after a Rolex GMT-Master, this new version now retails at 36,500 Swiss francs.
- Cellini Dual Time by Rolex
In the Cellini Collection there were new versions of the classic Cellini Time, Cellini Date and my personal favourite, the Cellini Dual Time – which comes with either black or silver dial with a ‘rayon flame de la gloire’ guilloche pattern, with a 39 mm case in either 18 carat white gold or Everose gold with a domed and fluted double bezel.
There are hour, minute and seconds hands with a second time zone at 6 o’clock with a day/night indicator, a silver or black guilloche dial with 18 carat white gold hour markers and hands. This wonderfully elegant timepiece is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement with a 48-hour power reserve.
The jewelled Datejust Pearlmaster 34 and Cosmograph Dayton were also something to behold, but more about those in the article on high-end jewellery watches.