Rolex has showcased its latest creations at the Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibition happening in Geneva, Switzerland. With the Oyster Perpetual Air-King, the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40, the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, and the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40, Rolex is offering enhanced aesthetics and packing some interesting features. Let us explore the Rolex novelties.
Oyster Perpetual Air-King
The Air-King celebrates the trailblazers of aviation. The new generation model has been entirely redesigned. This modification includes the bracelet as well, whose centre link has been broadened. It is equipped with an Oysterlock safety clasp, which is the first for the model. The addition of a 0 before the 5 on the minutes scale makes each five-minute interval marked with two digits.
Chromalight offers incredible legibility in the dark. The hands and triangular hour marker at 12 o'clock are filled or coated with a new luminescent material that offers a longer-lasting intense glow. The 3, 6, and 9 numerals, which were previously made completely from 18K white gold, are now also visible in the dark, courtesy the material, which is exclusive to Rolex.
The newest Air-King is powered by the calibre 3230 movement - en egine entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex that was released in 2020 and is fitted on this model from 2022. This self-winding mechanical movement incorporates the patented Chronergy escapement. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also impervious to magnetic fields. The power reserve of the extends to approximately 70 hours.
The 40mm Oyster case of the new-generation Air-King is water resistant upto 100 metres and the reference has been paired with an Oyster bracelet.
Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
Fit for airborne adventure, the crown and crown guard are on the left side of the case of this Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. At 9 o'clock are its date aperture and the Cyclops lens. Made from Oystersteel and paired with an Oyster bracelet, this reference features a two-colour monobloc Cerachrom bezel insert in green and black ceramic - a colour pairing first for this model.
The new version of the GMT-Master II is equipped with the calibre 3285, which was entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The calibre 3285 features the patented Chronergy escapement and delivers a power reserve of around 70 hours.
The new version of the GMT-Master II has been offered on an Oyster bracelet which has been paired with a 40mm Oyster case, water resistant upto 100 metres. The Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II has the Superlative Chronometer certification, ensuring unparalleled performance - like all Rolex watches.
Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40
The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 950 platinum comes with ice blue dial and with a fluted bezel for the first time. The latest iteration of the Day-Date 40 comes equipped with the calibre 3255, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Incorporated with the patented Chronergy escapement, the movement achieves a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
The engine is made of nickel-phosphorus, making it insensitive to magnetic fields. The movement finds it home inside the 40mm Oyster case, which is water resistant upto 100 metres. This Day-Date 40 has been fitted with a President bracelet. This elegant bracelet includes a concealed folding Crownclasp and ceramic inserts inside the links to improve its flexibility and longevity.
The crystal has been fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o'clock for the wearer to read the date easily and is made of virtually scratch proof sapphire.
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42
Yellow gold graces the Yacht-Master 42 for the first time. The latest version includes a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a Cerachrom insert with a raised graduation along with the innovative Oysterflex bracelet. The hour markers and hands are filled or coated with a new luminescent material, exclusive to Rolex.
The nautical timepiece offers a bidirectional rotatable bezel, which is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in matte black ceramic. Reading time intervals is a breeze - the first 15 minutes are graduated minute-by-minute.
The 42mm Oyster case of the new Yacht-Master 42 offers a water resistance of around 100 metres. The caseback has been hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The watch has been fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o'clock for easy reading of the date.
Powering the piece is the calibre 3235, offering a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. The new 18K yellow gold Yacht-Master 42 has been paired with an Oysterflex bracelet with patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp in 18K yellow gold preventing accidental openings.
Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31
The dial implementation of the new Datejust 31 brings to mind wild summer meadows. The three new versions of the Datejust 31 feature floral motifs - an interesting timepiece with a generous dash of dial decoration. The design comprises 24 flowers, each one different from another, courtesy finishes - either sunray, matte, or grained.
This first new model features the flower motif dial azzurro blue - a white Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and white gold) fitted with a fluted bezel. On the second watch, crafted from 18K yellow gold, it is in olive green, and on the third - an Everose Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and Everose gold) - it is in silver. On the second and third watches, Rolex has set the bezel with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds, and they are equipped with a President bracelet and a Jubilee bracelet respectively.
Rolesor is the combination of gold and Oystersteel on a Rolex watch where stability meets lustre. The white Rolesor version of the Datejust 31 has a bezel made of white gold, while the winding crown, middle case, bracelet, and clasp are in Oystersteel. On the new Everose Rolesor version, the bezel, winding crown, and centre links of the bracelet are graced in Everose gold, while the case and outer links of the bracelet are in Oystersteel.
The 31mm Oyster case of the new Datejust 31 is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres and houses the calibre 2236, which is fitted with a Syloxi hairspring that is produced by Rolex - upto 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring facing shocks. The watch delivers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40
What catches your attention instantly with just one glimpse of this beautiful timepiece is its bezel, set with diamonds and sapphires in tones of blue, silver, and pink, taking inspiration from the mesmerising aurora borealis and the glow of dawn.
The 18K white gold model features a rotatable bezel. Pink sapphire, light blue sapphire, diamond, purple sapphire, and dark blue sapphire feature a sequence that is repeated eight times, not to mention the triangular diamond at 12 o'clock. The case shimmers with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds from the lugs to the crown guard.
The 40mm Oyster case of the new Yacht-Master 40 is crafted from a solid block of 18K white gold. The timepiece comes equipped with the calibre 3235 movement, achieving a power reserve of around 70 hours. To finish its look, Rolex has paired this Yacht-Master with an Oysterflex bracelet with a patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp in 18K white gold.