ROLEX – OYSTER PERPETUAL YACHT-MASTER 40
A SHOAL OF MULTICOLOURED STONES
Off the wall, and even fun, one of the new Rolex timepieces features a bezel decorated with precious stones like a shoal of multicoloured fish.
Who said that Rolex only had traditional timepieces in its collection? With the new Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40, the brand has pushed back the limits in terms of aesthetics. This precious and fun-filled watch immediately stands out with a bezel covered in jewels of every colour like a dazzling rainbow.
Made from a single piece of Everose gold – an alloy specially developed by Rolex that produces an intense radiance – the famous Oyster case in this new timepiece, first presented at BaselWorld 2017, is 40mm wide and has a screwed back, along with a crown shielded by two lateral protections. A triple-waterproof Triplock system helps it withstand depths of up to 100m.
The star of the show, if we can put it this way, is the bidirectional bezel encircling the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40. A set of exceptional jewels, including 32 multicoloured sapphires (blue, pink, yellow, orange) and 8 green tsavorites, while a triangular-cut diamond provides a diving indicator at 12 o’clock.
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40 is powered by calibre 3135. This automatic mechanical movement made by Rolex runs at 28 800 vibrations an hour (4Hz) and has a power reserve of up to 48 hours.
On the dial, the shiny black disc houses an hour rim made up of pink gold markers covered with a layer of Chromalight, a luminescent material developed by Rolex. In the centre, three hands, also phosphorescent and gold in colour, display the hours, minutes and seconds. The date is black against a white background, and shown in a counter at 3 o’clock. It is topped by a Cyclope magnifying glass that is directly fitted into the sapphire glass protecting the dial.
Price: 62,500 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin