From the shimmering sophistication of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, to the mechanical gravitas of the Oyster-Perpetual Sky-Dweller, here are two exquisite Rolex timepieces to consider for the most precious people in your life this holiday season.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 is the quintessential classic watch for women, a graceful timepiece that embodies the best of the brand’s values of robustness, refinement and innovation. First introduced in 1945, the original Oyster Perpetual Datejust marked a significant horological milestone as the world’s first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to feature the date in a window at three o’clock on the dial. The distinctive feature, which is manifested in the name ‘Datejust’, has since become a Rolex signature. The famed calendar date display, which was later magnified by Rolex’s legendary Cyclops lens in 1953, is now a hallmark that symbolises Rolex’s stately distinction, timeless style and relentless pursuit of watchmaking perfection. Built on this illustrious legacy, the new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 again expresses the collection’s unique combination of exceptional elegance and technical performance; elevated by mechanical prowess, and accentuated with a touch of glamour.
As the name suggests, this Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 model is housed in a 31mm case to ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist. Crafted in white Rolesor – 18 ct white gold bezel with middle case in Oystersteel – the watch is a resplendent creation that catches your attention with its pristine charms, colour and sparkle. The aubergine dial with glossy sunray-finish takes centre stage, lavished with hands and applied Roman hour numerals in 18 ct white gold. The captivating allure is heightened by gorgeous gemstones; 11 diamonds festooned in the numeral ‘VI’, and complemented by 46 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approximately 1.02 ct on the bezel. It is a look that is dazzling and distinguished in equal measure – the perfect expression of unequivocal grace and class in the Oyster Perpetual Datejust.
As much as the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 emanates feminine poise and sophistication, the watch is also built with precision and performance in mind. Its Oystersteel middle case is made of a steel alloy specific to the brand that belongs to the 904L steel family, which is particularly resistant to corrosion and acquires an exceptional sheen when polished. The famous Oyster case itself, a symbol of Rolex’s waterproofing mastery, is equipped with a Twinlock winding crown to guarantee waterproofness to 100 metres. Inside the watch is a self-winding mechanical movement, calibre 2236, which features numerous patented technologies that boost timekeeping precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. As with all Rolex watches, the new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 comes with the Superlative Chronometer certification, which guarantees daily precision of -2/+2 seconds – more than twice of what’s required by official chronometers – and is covered by an international five-year warranty. Truly, a beauty to last a lifetime.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
Just as it was during its launch back in 2012, the new Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller continues to enchant us with truly one-of-a-kind mechanical intelligence and high-flying sophistication. When it was first unveiled, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller captivated collectors with a winsome amalgamation of intuitive functionality and indelible design, bolstered by 14 patents that made the watch a practical and regal travel companion that is unlike any the world has ever seen. In addition to regular time-telling, the watch features state-of-the-art second-time zone and an annual calendar named Saros, thoughtfully engineered to ensure optimum user-friendliness and legibility. Even today, the new Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, which comes in an 18 ct yellow gold Oyster case and, for the first time, paired with Rolex’s Oysterflex bracelet, remains a true original that is peerless in the realm of mechanical innovation and aesthetic brilliance.
The new Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is endowed with a sporty disposition that adds an exciting new dimension to the collection’s luxurious charms. The noble lustre of the watch’s 18 ct yellow gold case provides a splendid contrast to its refined bright black dial with glossy sunray-finish, as well as the sophisticated athleticism offered by the Oysterflex bracelet. Besides imbuing a sporty dynamism to the watch, the Oysterflex bracelet promises unparalleled comfort for the wearer, as it combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. A proprietary Rolex innovation, the bracelet is made by moulding high-tech elastomer over flexible metal blades made from a titanium and nickel alloy. At the same time, it features longitudinal cushions underneath the bracelet, allowing for airflow while sitting comfortably on the wrist.
At the heart of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is pure, unadulterated technical brilliance. The watch’s innovative Ring Command system – an interface between the rotatable bezel, winding crown and movement – allows the user to easily set the date, local time or reference time simply by turning it, either forwards or backwards. The annual calendar mechanism, on the other hand, is constructed from a proprietary system that Rolex calls ‘Saros’, after an astronomical phenomenon. It allows one to ascertain the dates at a single glance: the date is at three o’clock, magnified by Rolex’s iconic Cyclops lens, while months are indicated via 12 apertures that frame the dial alongside the hour markers, with the current month marked in red. The Saros calendar system not only automatically differentiates between 30- and 31-day months, requiring adjustment only once a year on 1 March, it also ensures that the movement remains robust as it performs its timekeeping functions. A two-time zone and calendar watch that is entirely in a class of its own, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller isn’t just one of the most complex timepieces that Rolex has ever developed, it is also among the brand’s most coveted and stylish.