Rolex GMT-Master II

Plaza Watch International - - The Best of Baselworld 2014 - NR

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.

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