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Baselworld 2019: Rolex’s updated Oyster Perpetual collection is our latest obsession

It’s that time of the year again for lovers of haute horology. Baselworld, one of watchmaking‘s landmark expositions, opens its doors today as revered brands get set to unveil much-anticipated novelties. And the biggest week of the year for watch lovers is off to a start with Rolex unveiling its line of exquisite timepieces. The Oyster Perpetual collection, Rolex’s flagship line, is once again the focus. Comprising of a seven-pieces, the Yacht-Master 42 is its highlight, alongside the Sea-Dweller, the GMT-Master II and Cosmograph Daytona. 

Embracing signature Rolex aesthetics, this one is the brand’s latest addition to the 27-year-old Yacht-Master series. With a new diameter of 42 mm, its case has been crafted out of 18 ct white gold, a precious metal used for the first time on a Yacht-Master model. The case is fitted with a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom bezel insert in matt black ceramic. Powered by a Calibre 3235, Rolex claims their in-house movement incorporates a Chronergy escapement feature – an energy efficiency feature that focuses on reliability – which is the reason behind its superior performance. 

The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller makes its first appearance in a yellow Rolesor version, combining a Rolex-exclusive ‘Oystersteel’ and 18 ct yellow gold for its case and strap. Unlike the Yacht-Master 42, this variant boasts a unidirectional bezel  in 18 ct yellow gold. With a classic black dial, the minute and hour indicators receive a gold treatment with border outlining. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is equipped with the new-generation Calibre 3235, and guarantees 70 hours of power reserve, same as the Yacht-Master 42. 

Carrying the same two-tone sillhoutte from the Sea Dweller, the GMT Master series has been refreshed with pure Oystersteel, which means it has a glossier case, bezel, and strap compared to other timepieces in this capsule. The Cerachrom bezel consists of a 24-hour indicating black and blue ceramic. By combining an Oystersteel case and Jubilee bracelet, this watch echoes the GMT-Master II introduced in 2018 with a two-colour Cerachrom insert in red and blue ceramic. This new version is also equipped with the new-generation Calibre 3285. 

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

Enriched with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds that replace Rolex’s signature tachymetric bezel, the Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is cased in 18 ct yellow gold. The dial boasts a black lacquer finish, adding to its allure. The refreshed Daytona is undoubtedly the apex of the Oyster Perpetual line and has hence been given a unique power treatment, a calibre 4130 that grants 72 hours of power reservation. All of this has been strapped on with Rolex’s in-house Oysterflex, a newly launched lightweight rubber strap that ensures premium comfort. 

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Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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