Rolex had a long list of achievements to announce at Baselworld this year. Apart from the usual aesthetic and functional improvements to favourites like the GMT-Master II and the Milgauss, the company presented a new line of dress watches under its Cellini collection. Diving aficionados will be happy to learn of the revival of one of the brand’s more prominent timepieces, the Sea-Dweller, and, perhaps the most important fact to take note of this year is that Rolex has begun to integrate silicon hairsprings into its movements, and is among the first batch of luxury watchmakers to do so. It seems that Rolex has covered all the bases with an extensive range of interesting and enviable novelties on offer for men and women.
A New Line
Twelve models comprise the new Cellini range, the brand’s modern take on the classic dress watch. Named after Benvenuto Cellini, one of the most admired artists during the Italian Renaissance and goldsmith and sculptor to the popes, the collection highlights design codes of that era - grandiose but with clean lines.
The watch features a double bezel, one domed and one fluted, combined with a lacquered dial or one that is embellished with a black or silver-plated rayon flammé de la gloire guilloche motifs. The layout of the dial is based on the watch’s different functions. There are three families, each with four models. The basic hours and minutes watch is the Cellini Time, while Cellini Date features a small sub-dial at 3 o’clock. The third family, Cellini Dual Time, features a second time zone with day/night indicator at 6 o’clock.
All the watches have round, 39mm cases in 18k white or Everose gold, and are equipped with automatic, certified chronometer movements, all produced in-house.
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