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Rolex to host ‘A Watch Born to Explore’ exhibition for the first time in Malaysia

The exhibition, A Watch Born to Explore, will be held for the first time in Malaysia this 2020.

The Hour Glass and Rolex will be hosting a unique exhibition featuring the Explorer and Explorer II timepieces that have evolved from Rolex’s involvement in some of the greatest adventures in exploration of the past century. For generations, pioneering explorers have attested to their reliability in the toughest and most extreme conditions.

A rendering of the exhibition.

Curated through illustrated panels and filmography, visitors will be able to discover the extraordinary story behind the development of the Explorer, which was launched in 1953 in honour of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest — an expedition by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who were equipped with Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches. Later, the Explorer 1971, created in 1971, become the watch of choice for speleologists, volcanologists and explorers from every corner of the globe.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Mount Everest in 1953.

Rooted in the history of Rolex which began in 1930s, the narrative transcends through a dozen high-altitude expeditions and testaments from some of the world’s greatest explorers who wore the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches during their voyage into the most hostile terrains on earth.

A watch developed particularly for the needs of explorers, the Oyster Perpetual Explorer was created to tell time accurately no matter the circumstances. Its robust build with simplistic aesthetics and classic functions are maintained but restyled most recently in 2011 as the Explorer II with a larger case at 42mm. Thanks to its 24-hour display by means of an additional hand and an engraved fixed bezel, the Explorer II allows the wearer to clearly distinguish daytime from night-time hours. It is also equipped with Calibre 3187, which enables the display of time in two time zones.

Today, Rolex’s unique involvement with explorers continues to develop into a commitment to preserve Mother Nature. Under the banner of Perpetual Planet, the brand is joining forces with key individuals and organisations who are working to promote exploration and protection of our environment, in addition to encouraging future generations of explorers with similar mindsets.

Find out more how you too can be an aspiring explorer yourself when visiting the A Watch Born to Explore exhibition by Rolex and The Hour Glass. Stay tuned for more updates.


Martin Teo
Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. He's now on a lookout for the elusive Philodendron Florida Beauty to add to his urban garden.