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The Rolex Explorer: 60 Year Anniversary

by on February 8th, 2013

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With the sixtieth birthday of the Rolex Explorer around the corner, the iconic and robust look of the original Rolex Explorer has changed very little since its premier in 1953. Dedicated to the first explorers to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, the Explorer has been a pivotal part of Rolex heritage.

The combination of the brushed steel case and bracelet, along with the smooth bezel and luminous black dial represent the iconic DNA of the Explorer. This look is a very strong but classic approach to watch design that has stood the test of time. The Explorer is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement with Paraflex shock absorbers, a Parachrom hairspring, and a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor for efficiency and durability.

As the May anniversary of the Everest climb approaches, this piece will continue to represent the desire for exploration- new experiences and overcoming obstacles.

It is the perfect fit for the graduate with the world ahead of him, or the trailblazer with an unmarked route.

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Highlights from Baselworld 2012

by on April 10th, 2012

Rolex Sky-Dweller

Baselworld 2012 was the most exciting and upbeat watch fair in the last five years. Incredible demand from Asia, alongside a strengthening US market, has stoked demand for luxury watches to record levels. Most manufacturers have now recovered from the global crisis and are again expanding in-house offerings, as well as developing increasingly complicated models.

Rolex and Patek Philippe dominated this year’s show. While traditionally conservative, Rolex raised the bar, showcasing the new Sky-Dweller, which features an impressive dual time zone annual calendar. Although it’s a brand new complication for the manufacture, it retains the DNA we expect from a Rolex. This is one of the most innovative and easy-to-use annual calendar movements you will ever see.

Rolex also introduced the long awaited Datejust II with a smooth bezel and a version of the new Submariner without the date display.

On the other hand, Patek Philippe made 2012 the year of the bracelet. Patek added a bracelet to the ever-popular 5396 in both white gold with a blue dial and rose gold with a brown dial. The 5130 World Timer also received a bracelet in rose gold, while the white gold version added a spectacular black center disk- the finishing touches on two truly spectacular watches! Lastly, the 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar now features a bracelet on both the black version and a new white dial model.

The highlight of Patek’s 2012 collection is the 5204 split-second chronograph perpetual calendar. The 5204 is the much anticipated replacement of the iconic ref. 5004, which many enthusiasts think of as the ultimate collector’s watch. For now simply in platinum, the 5204 features a traditional case design that has been beefed up to 40mm; a clean, easy to read dial; and, spectacular new in-house caliber. This is an exceptional evolution of a venerated classic and will be the new collector’s dream for years to come!

A Classic Reborn: The New Rolex Submariner Date

by on April 1st, 2010

Rolex 2010 Submariner Date

Since its birth in 1953, the Rolex Submariner has led a double life. It was designed to be the best water resistant watch ever made, and it was destined to be a sturdy workhorse watch for sportsmen everywhere. In 1962, however, on the wrist of James Bond, the watch started a dual incarnation as a fashion icon that to this day imparts a powerful image of male urbanity and refinement.

Fast forwarding through the years and many upgrades to Basel 2010 – we find that the watch has evolved once again. Still 300 meters water resistant, the case is 40mm and is made of 904L non-corrosive steel. The important visible updates are: a ceramic (or in Rolex parlance, “Cerachrom”) rotating bezel and a dial that now uses luminescent Chromalight for the hour makers & hands for maximum legibility in any condition.

Rolex did not ignore the movement – the new Sub has a Perpetual rotor, and a Parachrom hairspring which will both improve precision and help cut down on the wear of the parts.

Once again, Rolex has shown that the newest incarnation of the Submariner is the quintessential sophisticated divers’ watch of the world.

Rolex Submariner Date: The King of All Luxury Dive Watches

by on December 1st, 2009

Submariner Date, ref. 116619, 18k white gold

The new Rolex Submariner with the blue dial is my favorite men’s watch. It incorporates a number of features that I appreciated in early subs, such as the now retro-styled cerachrom bezel.

However, it looks a little bigger on the wrist, due to the larger lugs and crown guards, and feels heavier thanks to the solid gold case and bracelet. This is a watch that you can wear with pride in the office, scuba diving with your family or doing work in the yard.

The Datejust II: Rolex’s Flagship Collection Now Comes in a Larger Case

by on September 1st, 2009

Rolex Datejust II

On the 60th anniversary of the Datejust’s original launch, Rolex presents the Oyster Perpetual Datejust II. The new model updates the iconic 36mm Datejust design with a 41mm case.

Watch lovers may notice that Rolex made the same size change last year in the Day-Date II, which expanded another 36mm Rolex favorite, the Day-Date, by five millimeters. Visually the Datejust II and Day-Date II are similar in many respects. However, the Datejust II is exclusively available on an Oyster Bracelet, while the Day-Date series is known for its President Bracelet. Unlike the Day-Date series, the Datejust II only comes in stainless steel and gold variations, as opposed to platinum or entirely gold, and with a fluted bezel.

My takeaway: this is an exceedingly cool watch- it comes with a number of exceptional new dial combinations, ranging from the classic to sporty designs that you just cannot find anywhere else. For the money, I think that this is hands down one of the best watches on the market.

A Rolex Submariner: The Right Tool for My Lifestyle

by on August 1st, 2009

Terry's Watch, Rolex Submariner, ref. 16610LV

My father always used to pride himself on his tools: incredibly sharp chisels, perfectly ground screwdrivers, saws with teeth made just for the material he was cutting. I’m reminded of my Dad’s tools every time someone asks me what watch to buy.

It’s really a question of finding the right tool. For me, this usually means a Rolex. I’m active and klutzy, prone to random soakings and always on a tight schedule, so I need a durable watch that will never let me down.

A couple years ago while clearing a field with my bulldozer, I had a tree branch slam into my forehead, knocking me out cold. About forty five minutes later I awoke and immediately checked my still perfectly working watch to see how long I’d been unconscious; my Rolex has always fared better than I have.

Last spring I visited Rolex’s new billion euro factory and was thrilled to see that management had tasked a department with improving the durability of its watches. An entire department of brilliant watchmakers does nothing but try to destroy or damage their watches to find the failure points, so that they can find ways to tinker with future Rolex models to make them truly indestructible.

At first I was shocked when one of the company’s watchmakers told me that he didn’t care for a museum of historical watches, but then I realized that it is because every watch Rolex builds is better than its predecessors.

If you’re really tough on a watch like me, a Rolex is the right tool.