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the largest yet in the Cellini line. This move sug­gests a de­sire to recog­nise that the mod­ern clas­sic size, which is likely to bot­tom out at 38mm or 39mm as op­posed to 34mm or 35mm a few decades ago, is per­haps here to stay.

The new Cellini range made its de­but in 2014 with three mod­els: a time-only au­to­matic watch, an au­to­matic with a date dis­play, and a model out­fit­ted with a sec­ond time zone and day/night in­di­ca­tion. Th­ese are all housed in 39mm cases avail­able in 18K white gold or the brand’s pro­pri­etary Everose gold, and each is avail­able in two dif­fer­ent dial ex­e­cu­tions, mak­ing for a to­tal of 12 ref­er­ences in all. The white lac­quered dial sports elon­gated, stylised Ro­man nu­mer­als at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock as well as two-part ap­plied ba­ton mark­ers that are in­ter­rupted by a freshly de­signed minute scale. The black lac­quered dial sports a guil­loché pat­tern and dis­penses with the Ro­man nu­mer­als, pre­fer­ring to stick with rose goldap­plied el­e­ments.

Per­haps most in­ter­est­ing of the three is the date model, thanks to the un­usual place­ment of its dis­play at 3 o’clock, which is a more than atyp­i­cal choice thanks to the gen­eral tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty of the wind­ing stem be­ing placed in the same gen­eral vicin­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally, the form of the ex­e­cuted date is more than un­usual for Rolex, a brand fa­mous for the un­chang­ing qual­ity of its date win­dows. Ex­e­cuted as a sub­dial, it lends the time­piece a jazzed-up, dif­fer­en­ti­ated look.

Then, of course, there are the ex­quis­ite case el­e­ments, which take what is in­her­ently “Rolex” and re­fine them—such as the screw­down crown, which is easy to grip and beau­ti­ful to look at, and the fluted bezel, which is much dif­fer­ent and far less in-your­face than the di­a­mond-cut flut­ing of, say, the Sky-dweller. The dou­ble-level com­bi­na­tion of smooth dome and del­i­cate flut­ing is also re­peated on the screw-down bezel on the

THE LINE WILL AP­PEAL TO ROLEX FA­NAT­ICS WITH A YEARN­ING FOR A DRESS WATCH AND TO MEN WHO SIM­PLY WANT A BEAU­TI­FUL, RE­LI­ABLE TIME­PIECE

IN BI­ENNE

WATCH­MAK­ERS WORK THEIR MAGIC AT ONE OF THE ROLEX WORK­SHOPS

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