R A I N B OW NA­TION Rolex’s new Date­just Pearl­mas­ter 39 rocks out in a kalei­do­scopic pal­ette, but be­neath its re­splen­dent garb is a top-of-the-line en­gine built with user-friend­li­ness in mind. By Aaron de Silva.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels Bazaar -

As much as watch­mak­ers tell you how the horol­ogy industry isn’t as trend-led as fash­ion, there’s no deny­ing the fact that a watch is ul­ti­mately a re­flec­tion of the zeit­geist. It is, af­ter all, pro­duced by a team of cre­ative souls who are ex­posed to the same global in­flu­ences and cre­ative stim­uli as any fash­ion crew. Case in point: Rolex’s new Date­just Pearl­mas­ter 39. To say that it isn’t a prod­uct of its time would be mis­lead­ing. With more and more women cov­et­ing big­ger watches, the new 39mm size is per­fectly on point. Then, there’s that face, sat­u­rated in colours that seem to echo the sea­sons, all against a can­vas of 18-karat yel­low or white gold.

There’s one for ev­ery sea­son, Rolex seems to be telling us in fash­ion-speak. “Spring” flaunts an olive green dial and a bezel stud­ded with a blue-green-yel­low gra­di­ent of baguette sap­phires. It has all the light­ness and con­vivi­al­ity of Bot­ti­celli’s Pri­mav­era, and makes us think of freshly cut grass and pic­nics in the park. “Sum­mer” pa­rades a crown of baguettes in a pal­ette of reds, or­anges, and yel­lows against a lus­trous cognac back­drop; con­jur­ing glo­ri­ous sun­sets on a beach with a drink in hand.

With the lus­cious grape dial of “au­tumn” and its ar­ray of sap­phires daubed in ul­tra­ma­rine, fuch­sia, and mauve, we’re in­stantly trans­ported to the Scan­di­na­vian coun­try­side dur­ing berry-pick­ing sea­son. “Win­ter” is not what you’d ex­pect, with a di­a­mond­pavéd dial and links (like a light dust­ing of snow on the ground), but a gar­land of sap­phires in warm sum­mer hues. Fash­ion is about es­capism, and so too, ap­par­ently, are watches: Th­ese rav­ish­ing Rol­lies in­spire flights of fancy ev­ery bit as well as a Dolce & Gab­bana silk num­ber.

DI D YOU KNOW? Rolex forges its own gold. Few watch man­u­fac­tur­ers are able to pro­duce all the es­sen­tial com­po­nents of their watches in-house. Fewer still have their own gold foundries. Rolex checks both boxes, while meet­ing strin­gent bench­marks.

Yet, for all its fan­ci­ful vis­ages, the Date­just Pearl­mas­ter 39 is also an ex­tremely prac­ti­cal time­keeper with a host of state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies that one has come to ex­pect from Rolex. For starters, it’s equipped with Cal­i­bre 3235, a brand new in-house move­ment spe­cially de­vel­oped to fit the en­larged case. The self-wind­ing cal­i­bre brings to the ta­ble im­proved pre­ci­sion and power re­serve.

The key lies in the new Chronergy es­cape­ment that is 15 per­cent more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. But that’s not all. Parts of the es­cape­ment which are tra­di­tion­ally made of steel have been re­placed with an an­ti­mag­netic al­loy of nickel-phos­pho­rus, mak­ing the move­ment im­mune to the ill ef­fects of mag­netism. Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of tech toys that gov­ern our lives, this makes a big dif­fer­ence.

The os­cil­la­tor is also an­ti­mag­netic, thanks to Rolex’s sig­na­ture Parachrom hair­spring. Be­sides be­ing an­ti­mag­netic, a key char­ac­ter­is­tic is its elas­tic­ity, which al­lows it to be 10 times more pre­cise than tra­di­tional hair­springs in the event of shocks (like when you ac­ci­den­tally drop your watch). All th­ese im­prove­ments mean an ad­di­tional 10 hours of power re­serve for a to­tal of 70 hours, so you can leave your watch on your dresser over a long week­end and come back to find it still keep­ing good time. That’s if you can bear to part with it in the first place. De­spite the seem­ingly

in­fi­nite va­ri­ety of dial and case colour com­bi­na­tions in Rolex’s port­fo­lio, ice blue di­als are usu­ally matched with plat­inum cases. In rare

cases, ice blue is also twinned with 18-karat white gold or steel.

Plat­inum Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Day- Date 40

Th­ese Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Date­just Pearl­mas­ter 39s are awash with vi­brantly hued baguette- cut sap­phires

Everose gold Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Day- Date 40, Rolex

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