Watches & Wonders, the premiere trade show for the international watch and jewelry industry is underway, where celebrated brands unveil their latest and greatest pieces. This year, Rolex remains strong with with lust-worthy updates to some of their most iconic models. Let’s take a look at the new and improved Rolex Watches of 2021.
Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 focuses on exclusive dials with unique designs including two new stand-out patterns: the palm motif inspired by tropical forests, and the fluted motif, incorporating one of Rolex’s aesthetic styles. Both the new Datejust 36 with the olive green palm motif dial and yellow Rolesor version are fitted with the classic Oyster bracelet, used by Rolex since 1930. The new Everose Rolesor with the silver palm motif dial, and the yellow Rolesor watch with fluted motif face are fitted with the five-piece link Jubilee bracelet. All new versions of the Datejust 36 are equipped with calibre 3235, a movement developed by Rolex and fitted on this model since 2018. Overall, the striking green palm dial is the front-runner of this collection, embodying an exotic feel that will likely make this model a coveted collectors item.
New Cosmograph Daytona
The Rolex Daytona, arguably the most in-demand and hard to get model of Rolex’s collection is transformed in 2021 with a new meteorite dial. Staying on theme with a play on extraordinary dials, the new Daytona dial is made from metallic meteorite – a rare natural material from outer space. Available in three variations, with either a monoblock Cerachrom bezel in black ceramic on a rubber strap, or full 18ct Yellow Gold or Everose Gold versions with metal bezels on solid oyster bracelets. This sporty looking model synonymous with driving and speed remains in a class of it’s own for sport chronographs for over 50 years, and undoubtably will for another 50 years to come.
Two things about diamonds: they are forever, and lady’s best friend. Rolex has transformed the new Lady-Datejust with 1,089 diamonds set on the middle case, bezel, dial and President bracelet. Perfect for a slender wrist in 28mm, the brilliance of Rolex’s factory diamond ladies timepiece shines brights.
New-Generation Explorer and Explorer II
The new generation Explorer, available in both a yellow Rolesor version and solid steel goes back to it’s roots in the original 36mm size, now featuring emblematic 3, 6, and 9 hour markers. Explorer II has been updated in a redesigned case and bracelet bringing an enhanced visual appearance to this technical model. A white lacquer dial is decorated with black accented markers, while the hour, minute and seconds hands are also finished using PVD coating in a matt finish, and the 24-hour hand remains in it’s iconic orange hue. The Explorer is equipped to handle any terrain, from the highest of mountain peaks, to the depth of caves. Both the new Explorer and Explorer II feature optimized Chromalight displays, making the markers glow longer in low-light settings thanks to improved luminescent technology, and are ready to handle even the most extreme conditions.
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