With the world’s biggest watch fair Baselworld kicking open its doors for the first time yesterday, buyers, press and watch aficionados descended on the Swiss City of Basel to view the latest collections from the watch industry’s biggest brands.
These companies don’t get any bigger than Rolex. Always a first port of call on the Baselworld calendar, the brand manages to keep its releases top secret until a sneak preview is afforded to press the day before the show opens. Unveiling a raft of new models for 2016, Rolex have enriched their Oyster and Cellini collections with some great looking new additions. Here, we bring you all you need to know about the new 2016 Rolex launches.
Already the most talked about of all the new Rolex models, the new Cosmograph Daytona in 904L steel features a Monobloc Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic, reminiscent of the 1965 model that was fitted with a black Plexiglas bezel insert. The patented Cerachrom bezel offers a number of advantages as it is virtually scratchproof and resistant to colour damage by UV rays.
Admirers and collectors of the Cosmograph Daytona alike will also be pleased to have the opportunity to purvey two striking new dials for the luxurious yellow and white gold models.
The latest Air-King model has a 40mm case in 904L steel and features a distinctive black dial and numerals marking the hours at 3, 6 and 9. A prominent minute scale is included for “navigational readings”, as Rolex puts it. The dial showcases the lettering Air-King, in the same style as the original 1950s model.
The new models within the Datejust family see the introduction of a new 41mm case for 2016, which includes its calibre 3235 movement (which is backed by 14 patents). The new Datejust 41 comes in yellow or Everose gold, steel and gold and has a wide variety of dials.
The new Yacht-Master 40 model comes in Everose gold for the first time, with a chocolate dial. Sleek and sporty, the nautical watch features a bi-directional, rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel in 18ct Everose gold.
Rolex has introduced a new Rolex Explorer which has an entirely luminescent display for enhanced legibility. The 3, 6 and 9 hour marking numerals are now filled with luminescent material which emits a long-lasting blue glow, like the hour markers and hands. The hands are also broader and longer in the new version.
Celebrating the Day-Date collection’s 60th anniversary this year, Rolex has launched a special Day-Date 40 model with bright green dial, Rolex’s hallmark colour. Available in 18ct Everose or white gold, it features the characteristic fluted bezel. Rolex has dubbed the Day-Date the “president’s watch” due to its popularity with world leaders.
Not to miss out on the ladies, Rolex has released a new Lady-Datejust with enlarged 28mm case. Featuring its in-house mechanical 2236 movement and equipped with a patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon, the watch comes in yellow gold, Everose gold or steel and gold.
Revering its own expertise in gem-setting, Rolex has unveiled its latest 18ct Everose gold Pearlmaster which is adorned with an abundance of diamonds. Equipped with the 3235 in-house movement, it comes in a 39mm case.
The latest Cellini Time models are new versions of Rolex’s Cellini Time, Cellini Date and Cellini Dual Time watches, in 18 carat white or Everose gold, coming in 39mm cases. Featuring redesigned white lacquer dials with 12 elongated appliqué hour markers, the Cellini Date also has a blue dial/strap and the Cellini Dual Time comes with a brown dial/strap.
With such a comprehensive range of new Rolex models released at this year’s Baselworld show, there’s much to be debated over as you decide which one will become your new aspiration. Have you been patiently waiting for the new ceramic Daytona, or does the new Datejust 41 fill that empty space in your collection? Share your thoughts with us below, we’d love to speak to you about all the new Rolex Models we have available from this year’s Baselworld show.