Made famous by actor Paul Newman, the Cosmograph Daytona’s internal workings are among Rolex’s most stable and accurate. One of the most popular chronographs ever, its appearance has not changed in over 50 years. It debuts a black Cerachrom bezel in 2016, putting it high on collectors’ wish lists.
A nod to Rolex’s ties with the golden age of aviation in the ’30s, the Air-King has all the hallmarks of a solid pilot’s watch, such as the large indexes and the anti-magnetic protection.
Launched in 1945, the iconic Datejust is Rolex’s bread-and-butter, combining the brand’s many key innovations, from the waterproof case and chronometric precision, to the date window and Cyclops lens. The new 41mm model retains the highly recognisable design, but has upgraded to a new in-house movement. Although smaller, the Lady-Datejust possesses the same attributes.
It shares the same technical traits as its Oyster siblings, but the Pearlmaster is set apart by its soft lines and feminine aesthetics. The 2016 version comes in pink Everose gold, and the most embellished model features 36 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, 713 pave diamonds on the dial, and another 144 running in twin lines along the bracelet.
With a softer, warmer colour scheme courtesy of a new chocolate dial and pink gold for its case and bracelet, the latest Yacht-Master 40 has an elegant look that’s likely to appeal to both women and men. Sleek, sporty and functional, this dive watch has a bi-directional rotatable bezel with polished raised numerals, luminescent Chromalight display and an Oysterlock safety clasp which prevents accidental opening.
This story first appeared in 24:7.