Mention Rolex, and most would probably think of the iconic Oyster Perpetuals; in particular, the ones clad entirely in the Swiss watchmaker’s aerospace-grade stainless steel. That stainless steel, however, is noticeably absent from two of its releases this year, which prove how a Rolex can also be gentlemanly (the Cellini), or sporty (the Daytona).
1. Cellini Moonphase
It is the brand’s first watch with a moonphase complication since the ’50s, and the latest addition to the Cellini family, a range of dress watches. The 39mm Moonphase displays the lunar cycle on a blue enamelled disc that shows both the new and full moon, of which the latter is made of rhodium-plated meteorite. With a self-winding mechanical movement, the patented moonphase module is astronomically accurate for 122 years.
It is also the first Cellini to be fitted on a brown alligator strap with a folding Crownclasp in 18K Everose gold. The latter is a fade-resistant 18K pink gold alloy patented by Rolex and introduced in 2005. It is used in all Rolex models in pink gold. $35,980.
2. Cosmograph Daytona
An iconic watch in the world of motor sports, the 54-year-old, 40mm Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is now even sportier with a new, patented elastomer strap, the Oysterflex bracelet.
The latter retains all the pros of a metal bracelet - robust and reliable - but is, at the same time, flexible and comfortable. Reinforced with a core of elastic metal that is overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer, a durable rubber, it is exceptionally resistant to environmental effects.
What’s good to know: The strap features an 18K yellow, white or Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents accidental opening. It’s also equipped with the Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system that enables the wearer to quickly and easily extend the bracelet by approximately 5mm whenever needed. Available in yellow, white or Everose gold. Price: $36,960-$38,650.