The new, dash­ing Rolex Oyster Per­pet­ual Yacht-mas­ter 42 is ready to join the brand’s ranks of sporty and functional Pro­fes­sional models

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - CONTENTS - Text Leonard Rich­man

Rolex in­tro­duces the new Oyster Per­pet­ual Yacht-mas­ter 42

Any Rolex afi­cionado will tell you that clout and loy­alty count for a lot if you are in the mar­ket for a Rolex Pro­fes­sional model, which are time­pieces de­signed for spe­cific ac­tiv­i­ties, rang­ing from div­ing to mo­tor sport.

The de­mand for the likes of the Rolex Oyster Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona and Gmt-mas­ter II, es­pe­cially their re­cent in­car­na­tions fea­tur­ing Cer­achrom bezel in­serts man­u­fac­tured from hard and cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant ce­ramic, is the stuff of leg­end—word has it that there are long wait­ing lists pop­u­lated by the brand’s most mon­eyed and de­voted cus­tomers.

This year, those same cus­tomers will be set­ting their sights on yet an­other Rolex Pro­fes­sional model, the new Oyster Per­pet­ual Yacht-mas­ter 42, a nau­ti­cally in­spired beauty that the brand has billed as its star for 2019.

Like the afore­men­tioned new-gen Cos­mo­graph Day­tonas and Gmt-mas­ter IIS, the Yacht-mas­ter 42 in­vokes de­sir­abil­ity with a re­gal ath­leti­cism, which sug­gests stur­di­ness, a sail­ingth­emed watch con­structed to brave the el­e­ments out at sea. The Yacht-mas­ter 42 is also no clunky tool watch, ex­ud­ing ca­sual re­fine­ment like how all Rolex Pro­fes­sional models do.

In­deed, the oft-used ‘stealth wealth’ de­scrip­tor pop­u­lar dur­ing the early Noughties would be ap­pro­pri­ate for the Yacht-mas­ter 42. The watch boasts a black-on-white colour com­bi­na­tion that is sub­tly showy yet un­mis­tak­ably cool. Bear­ing a 42mm-wide Oyster case crafted out of white gold—a first for a Yacht-mas­ter—the watch is paired with a Cer­achrom bezel insert in matte black ce­ramic with raised and pol­ished in­dexes and nu­mer­als, which in turn frames a black dial with maxi mark­ers and hands. The watch is com­ple­mented by Rolex’s Oys­ter­flex bracelet, an elas­tomer strap for­ti­fied by flexible ti­ta­nium and nickel al­loy blades for greater dura­bil­ity and com­fort on the wrist.

Per­for­mance-wise, the watch is an over­achiever. Do­ing jus­tice to its name, the Yacht-mas­ter 42 boasts 100m water re­sis­tance. In­side, the watch runs on the cal­i­bre 3235, Rolex’s new-gen­er­a­tion self-wind­ing movement de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured in-house. The movement offers fun­da­men­tal gains in terms of pre­ci­sion, power re­serve and re­sis­tance to shocks and magnetic fields and fea­tures tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tions such as the Chronergy es­cape­ment and Parachrom hair­spring.

While one might think that this year’s Yacht-mas­ter is an evo­lu­tion from the 2015 vari­ant in Everose gold, the Yacht-mas­ter 42’s gen­e­sis goes deeper than that. The first Yacht-mas­ter model was launched in 1992 and has qui­etly evolved with a va­ri­ety of in­car­na­tions, in­clud­ing a full yel­low gold ver­sion and a model in Role­sium, a com­bi­na­tion of steel and platinum that the watch­maker de­buted in 1999.

Over the years, the Yacht-mas­ter col­lec­tion has borne many of Rolex’s world-pre­miere de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned Role­sium, as well as the Cer­achrom in­serts in black ce­ramic and the Oys­ter­flex bracelets—a fact that doesn’t es­cape Rolex devo­tees. And while you pon­der over the sig­nif­i­cance of this, here’s an­other fact: de­mand for the Yacht-mas­ter 42 is said to be on the rise, and col­lec­tors who know bet­ter ought to be mak­ing plans to beat the queue for one.


SEA FARERS The Rolex Oyster Per­pet­ual YachtMaste­r 42 comes with a Cer­achrom bezel insert in matte black ce­ramic; in 1969, French sailor Bernard Moitessier made the world’s long­est non-stop solo voy­age, wear­ing his trusty Rolex watch. Op­po­site: Rolex is deeply in­volved in the sail­ing world such as spon­sor­ing the Rolex Swan Cup 2012.

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