NEW MOON RIS­ING

Rolex re­leases its most ro­man­tic watch in decades.

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For a brand that has built its rep­u­ta­tion on in­fal­li­ble tool watches, the dressy Cellini col­lec­tion must have been a breath of fresh air for Rolex’s de­sign team.

Since its over­haul in 2014, the man­u­fac­turer has taken its time to build the col­lec­tion’s im­age of clas­si­cism and el­e­gance, of­fer­ing sim­ple time- only watches that even­tu­ally in­cluded date and dual time mod­els. Now, three years on, it’s taken a rather un­ex­pect­edly po­etic leap into a com­pli­ca­tion that Rolex hasn’t made since the 1950s: The Moon­phase.

Vin­tage Rolex en­thu­si­asts may recog­nise some de­sign char­ac­ter­is­tics from the Rolex 6062 “Stelline” and 8171 “Padel­lone”, both made in the 1950s and only for a brief pe­riod of time. What the three have in com­mon are a round case, pe­riph­ery date in­di­ca­tor and moon­phase at 6 o’clock. But what the new Cellini Moon­phase did was to bring all of these el­e­ments to the 21st cen­tury, with a few tricks thrown in.

The eye will rst and fore­most be drawn to the as­tro­nom­i­cal com­pli­ca­tion — not just be­cause it’s so un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of Rolex to make one, but also be­cause it truly is stun­ning. Blue enamel sets the scene for the night sky, with a rhodium-plated disc of me­te­orite stand­ing in for the full moon and an empty ring de­pict­ing the new moon. A small gold ar­row at the top in­di­cates the phase of the moon as the blue plate ro­tates, which is a de­sign- driven move to­wards dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion.

The moon­phase will re­main ac­cu­rate for 122 years, and you can make an ad­just­ment via a re­cessed pusher at 8 o’clock. The en­tire com­pli­ca­tion is en­cir­cled by two gold rings, which add sub­tle de­tail to an oth­er­wise clean dial.

The Cellini Moon­phase’s white lac­quer dial is also cov­ered in enamel, in­creas­ing the artis­tic value of the piece. A thin, cen­trally mounted cres­cent-tipped blue hand points to the date on the pe­riph­ery, while the gold hands tell the time. All the in­di­ca­tors and nu­mer­als are clearly sep­a­rated and de ned, en­sur­ing easy read­abil­ity.

Need­less to say, the move­ment is top-notch. The self-wind­ing cal­i­bre 3195 is cov­ered by the Su­perla­tive Chronome­ter certi cation, mean­ing it will de­vi­ate only by -2/+2 sec­onds per day, and comes with a ve-year war­ranty. It also utilises a para­m­ag­netic blue Parachrom hair­spring (a patented Rolex in­no­va­tion that guar­an­tees ex­treme pre­ci­sion and sta­bil­ity) and beats at 4Hz, with a 48-hour power re­serve.

The 39mm case, as well as the crown, hour mark­ers and hands, are made of Rolex’s un­fad­ing 18k pink gold al­loy, Everose gold. Like the rest of the non­be­jew­elled Cellini watches, it fea­tures a stepped bezel with a uted lower edge and back, while a brown al­li­ga­tor strap with an ad­justable con­cealed Crown­clasp (also in Everose gold) will keep it on your wrist.

The Cellini Moon­phase com­bines Rolex’s high stan­dards of per­fec­tion with an ap­proach that height­ens watch­mak­ing her­itage in its most time­less form. Ev­ery de­tail re­spects the codes of the art of watch­mak­ing.

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