For watch lovers, today is Christmas, Coachella and Super Bowl Sunday all rolled into one. Wednesday marks the kick-off for Watches & Wonders, now the industry’s largest trade show, and due to the digital nature of this year’s event, it feels like all the new goodies have been announced at the same time. The result was a torrent of new models to ooh and ahh finished and digest. Patek Philippe has announced new examples of its highly collectable Nautilus model. IWC shaves off its biggest watches by a few millimeters. Which is awesome! But nothing moves Rolex collectors like new. Here are the new features of The Crown that everyone is talking about today.
A family of explorers
The biggest novelty is arguably a redesign of the Rolex Explorer range. The original Explorer and its younger brother, the Explorer II, have been given a makeover.
For starters, Rolex cuts the Explorer a bit, dropping it from 39 millimeters to 36, which is quite small by modern standards. There is, however, a historical precedent for the new measures. The Explorer is now the same size as the coin that was released just after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the top of Mount Everest. (They did this by wearing versions of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual but Rolex needed a way to capitalize on this feat.)
However, the new size is not what thrills the watchmaking community. What people can’t seem to get over is that after decades of exclusively stainless steel watches, the Explorer will now be in two-tone gold and steel. Rolex makes a lot of its professional watches in this two-tone steel and gold combo, but the Explorer, one of the crown’s sturdiest pieces, has always held up. Today, he is finally invited to the party.
The successor to the Explorer, known as the Explorer II, got a slightly lighter touch. While the Explorer was designed for those who brave the heart of the jungle or attempt to climb the highest peaks on Earth, the Explorer II was explicitly designed for the opposite purpose: it was designed to l ‘origin for cave divers, who used the luminous orange 24 hours. hand to know if it was day or night while sinking deeper into the darkness. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the coin, Rolex is doing its best not to spoil a good thing. Adjustments here include replacing the shiny black hands with the collector’s favorite matte black, thinning out the coin’s lugs, and inserting a new and improved movement.
Of all the major watch brands, Rolex’s intentions are generally the most difficult to decode. But let’s try to interpret what the brand has done here. It’s no secret that Rolex has absolutely no problem moving its flagship professional parts like the Submariner, GMT-Master II and Daytona, but the Explorer and Explorer II have always been slightly under-rated. estimated. It is likely that Rolex sees an opportunity to develop the Explorer models so that one day people will line up to buy them as well.
The watch on everyone’s wishlist just got hotter
Well, complaints about endless waiting lists for Rolex’s scorching Daytona aren’t going to get any quieter. The brand launched the watch in white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold (Rolex version of rose gold), all with meteorite dials. The meteorite is exactly what it looks like: literally “a rare natural material from space,” as Rolex puts it in a press release. The watch model that already commanded extraordinary prices. Now it’s made from rare space rocks. Guess what this will do on the prices?
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