ALWAYS IN TIME
The archetype of the classic watch, the is one of the most iconic timepieces in the Rolex family, epitomising the watchmaker’s commitment to innovation, design, reliability and technical excellence of the highest order.
When it rst appeared in 1945, the
was Rolex’s most technically accomplished timepiece up to that time. It employed the watchmaker’s innovative Oyster case, the very rst waterproof wristwatch case, as well as Rolex’s Perpetual rotor, which automatically winds the movement. Rolex, which was then celebrating its 40th anniversary, took a step further, however, by introducing the world’s rst wristwatch with a date display.
While it is ubiquitous today, Rolex’s tiny aperture at 3 o’clock was a game-changer back in 1945. As intermediate gears and a spring mechanism within ensured that the date disc makes an automatic leap at midnight, the changed the very face of watchmaking, setting the standard for what has become the classically recognised look of timepieces. Even now, just over six decades later, the remains faithful to its original overall look. Despite incorporating new designs – including the Cyclops lens that magni ed the date, another Rolex rst, introduced in 1955 – new dials and improved movements, it retains the same concept of a three-hand watch with the date window at 3 o’clock.
Earlier this year at Baselworld 2016, Rolex introduced two updates to the family – the
. The is Rolex’s classic feminine watch, timelessly elegant yet impeccable functional, while its 28mm size sits comfortably on a lady’s wrist. The
is powered by the calibre 2236, a new self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Its patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon is insensitive to magnetic elds, and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor, the calibre 2236 offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
The is the new generation of the classic original, featuring an updated design in a 41mm case and powered by Rolex’s calibre 3235, which incorporates the new Chronergy escapement made of nickel-phosphorus, and combines highenergy ef ciency with great dependability. An optimised blue Parachrom hairspring