Rolex GMT-Master II
This iconic watch was hotly anticipated by Rolex fans all over the world, and while many will be ecstatic, many more will be a little bit heart-broken. Choosing to release the cherished ‘pepsi’ bezel GMT Master II in 18-karat white gold will mean the $40,000 price tag is prohibitive for many ardent admirers. It does, however, ensure yet another intensely coveted model that will attain cult status amongst haute horologists worldwide. It’s a reiteration of an almost 60-year old classic piece, but it’s also an evolution – as is the Rolex way. The brand is on a constant journey of improvement and the unceasing goal is to improve the watch at every opportunity. For this model, the Cerachrom insert for the bidirectional bezel has seen a major advancement. Rolex has patented new cutting edge techniques in their ceramics division that result in a virtually scratch resistant material that will never fade or be affected by UV rays. Rolex measure the finished product for sub-micronic cracks that would never be visible to the naked eye as nothing less than total perfection is tolerated. No change in dimensions here at 40mm diameters, although a crown protector and slightly chunkier lugs give a solid and substantial aspect. At the heart is the redoubtable Calibre 3186 a self-winding mechanical movement with perpetual rotor and the Rolex blue Parachrom hairspring that, like almost every other part of the, is entirely produced in-house by Rolex. This stunning watch is the embodiment of ultra high-tech science and engineering allied with refined artisanal craftsmanship.